Bill pushing for mandatory CPR training for students ready for Aquino’s signature

  • A bill providing mandatory CPR training in all schools has been submitted to President Aquino for his signature
  • The CPR training in Schools Act will ensure basic and necessary knowledge and skills needed for emergency situations for all students in private and public elementary and high schools
  • Students with mental and physical disability which are unable to perform Basic Life Support will be exempted from the program

MANILA – A bill that would ensure mandatory Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training in both elementary and secondary schools nationwide has been sent to Malacañang for President Benigno Aquino’s signature.

House Bill No. 5891 or known as the “CPR Training in Schools Act” was sponsored by Pampanga’s 1st district representative Joseller “Yeng” Guiao. Later on, The Committee on Basic Education and Culture, as written in a press release posted on, approved the bill and was transmitted to the president’s office.

The bill, which was ratified by the Senate and House of Representatives, will ensure basic and needed knowledge and skills for health emergency responders. In an article written by Xianne Arcangel published on GMA, basic life support training to all students will now be compulsory to all public and private schools across the country.

The trainings will teach students to adapt to emergency situations with the use of psychomotor training which are appropriate for the student’s age. In the modules presented in the trainings, Philippine Heart Association (PHA) as well as Philippine National Red Cross (PNR) lessons are included. These lessons will be integrated through emergency cardiovascular care and psychomotor training which follows nationally recognized and evidence-based guidelines.

The Department of Health (DOH) will be arranging competent instructors for the program. Non-government organizations (NGOs) competent in providing basic life support will be accredited by DOH.

Outgoing PHA President Alex Junia is confident that the president will approve the bill. In a Manila Bulletin article written by Charina Clarisse Echaluce, if the bill is to be approved, students as young as 8 years old will be able to confidently resuscitate cardiac arrest victims.

The program providing the basic life support training will eventually be included in the schools’ physical education as well as comprehensive health curriculum. Every student who finish the program will be entitled to program certificates.

However, students with mental or physical impairment who are unable to perform resuscitation or any basic life support procedure will be exempted from the program.