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Sudden Cardiac Arrest is one condition that contributes to significant mortality in the adult population, with major and catastrophic psychological and emotional effects on the family. And unlike the usual chronic diseases that contribute to mortality and morbidity, Sudden Cardiac Arrest is an unpredictable condition. Like a thief in the night, it strikes without warning, leaving relatives of victims with tremendous psychological and emotional burden.
PHA Supports Rep. Yeng Guiao’s 'Hands-only- CPR in Schools' Bill
By Gynna P. Gagelonia
Quezon City, July 22, 2015 -- The 1,600 strong organization of cardiovascular specialists and lay members collectively known as the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) found an ally in Rep. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao (1st District, Pampanga) and Atty. Darlene Berberabe, PAG-IBIG president and CEO.
PHA officers -- President Dr. Alex Junia, Director and Advocacy Committee chair Dr. Orlando Bugarin and PHA Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) chair Dr. Francis Lavapie, went to Congress today, to present the “PHA Hands-only CPR” Program for K to 12 students to Guiao, who recently filed House Bill 5891 or the mandatory CPR Training Bill and to Berberabe, who pledged to be a staunch advocate of the “Hands-only CPR” for the lay.
“I want to call it the Samboy Lim Bill in honor of the PBA Legend and allow it to sink into the consciousness of the Filipino people, and it will have a good number of co-authors,” said Guiao. The “PHA Hands-Only CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation)” Program is close to the hearts of Guiao and Berberabe because Samboy Lim’s case is a wake-up call. Guiao is a friend of Lim and Berberabe.