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Yeng Guiao: K-12 students must learn CPR

Aug 2, 2015 @ 7:04

If Pampanga 1st District Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao could have his way, K-12 high school students should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training before being allowed to graduate.

Guiao, more popular as a coach in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), filed House Bill 5891 making it mandatory for graduating K-12 students to undergo the life-saving training.

“We must promote health consciousness among Filipinos and equip able-bodied citizens, especially the young sector, with the necessary know-how and basic skills to be first responders during emergencies,” Guiao said.

Under Guiao’s proposed law, a student must be certified by his/her competent school authority as having undergone the CPR training program, at least once, before being allowed to graduate.

The CPR instruction, the lawmaker said, should be provided by emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and other qualified instructors.

“As far as practicable, schools must incorporate the training as part of their comprehensive health and physical education curriculum,” Guiao pointed put.

Schools, however, should exempt from CPR training students suffering from any physical or mental disability that may render them unable to perform the medical procedure.

In US, Guiao noted, 24 states have enacted laws to make mandatory the teaching of CPR techniques in high schools.

“This proposed statute will surely have a tremendous positive effect in molding the country’s youth and in saving countless lives,” Guiao added.

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