The city of Baguio has a new proposed ordinance seeking to require all establishments to be equipped with life-support systems, as well as having all staff trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Baguio City is dubbed the Summer Capital of the Philippines, meaning there are droves of tourists who visit during the warmer months. Thanks to relative proximity to the capital region of Manila, even long weekends see their fair share of visitors to the mountain resort city.
“The ordinance seeks to mandate government and private establishments to supply, maintain, and make available an Automated External Defibrillator (AED ) device in cases of emergencies,” said Baguio City Councilor Elmer Datuin in a statement on Friday. Datuin is a proponent of the ordinance.
An AED is a portable electric medical device used to automatically diagnose a life-threatening heart condition. Having these and other emergency response equipment in every establishment can reduce the risks to citizens and vacationers alike. Datuin said in the same statement Friday that the AED and other measures outlines in his proposal would add-on benefits for the thousands of visitors Baguio city expects year round.
The proposed ordinance is now on second reading. The proposal began thanks to a push by the Philippine Heart Association’s massive nationwide campaign promoting CPR education. The Baguio leg of the campaign was conducted last year. The CPR training was attended by thousands, including students, professionals, housewives, teachers, and emergency response volunteers.
“It will be an advantage of the city if most of our residents and business establishment owners know how to administer CPR. We are at least guaranteed that we will have an automatic response in the event of a cardio problem,” Datuin said. The city councilor also expressed his wishes to see Baguio as the first and only CPR-ready city by the year 2021. It would also be the the first LGU in the country to have tourist areas that are CPR-ready.
“We will be probably the first city in the Philippines to be designated by the Philippine Hearts Association as ‘life support system compliant city’,” Datuin said. The training proposed by the ordinance would see that even small establishments would have certification from the PHA.
Prior to the proposed ordinance, the city tourism office routinely held tourist-oriented seminars for city stakeholders. These were held in city parks and included CPR training.