SAN JOSE CITY – The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) kicked off the 32nd leg of their nationwide CPR-ReadyPh.21 awareness campaign here with city Mayor Mario “Kokoy” Salvador leading some 6,000 students, teachers and principals in a mass-training exercise of administering basic hands-only CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) on Wednesday.
Dr. Francis N. Lavapie, chairman of the PHA Council on CPR, said his group conducted the 32nd CPR on Wheels and Wings to train students to save lives and for them to learn the basics of providing life support such as CPR in line with their ultimate goal to put the country on the CPR-Ready international map by 2021.
Lavapie, an adopted son of this city said the PHA is eyeing San Jose City to become the next CPR-Ready city in Central Luzon, the second after Balanga City, Bataan. So far, he said two other cities — Vigan and Ormoc, were already declared as such by the PHA.
Salvador hailed the PHA for their efforts in bringing this social awareness to the people especially the students the concept of “Save Lives, Learn CPR.”
“Sa bilis ng paglaki ng ating populasyon ibig sabihin parami tayo ng parami at kung minsan kulang na ang ating clinic at ospital kaya dapat lamang matuto tayo magbigay ng first aid lalo na ang CPR dahil uso ang cardiac arrest, kung minsan hindi natin alam sa pamilya o sa sariling bahay natin ito mangyare huwag naman sana ay mayroon tayo agad paunang lunas kung sakali,” Salvador said.
After he spoke, the city mayor joined the second batch of high school CPR-trainees for a simulation exercise of how to administer the CPR, using a half-bodied mannequin.
Joining Salvador in the CPR-exercise were Dr. Lavapie, Dr. Jeffrey L. Patawaran, PHA president for Central Luzon, principals Aldrin J. Baloc and Nenita D. Martin and other DEP-ED department heads and asst. principals.