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For the third year in a row, the Philippine Heart Association Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in coordination with the Committee on Councils and Chapters and Therapharma held the 3rd National Basic (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Training the Trainors Course last November 5-7, 2009 at the Legend Villas in Mandaluyong.
For the third year in a row, the Philippine Heart Association Council on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in coordination with the Committee on Councils and Chapters and Therapharma held the 3rd National Basic (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Training the Trainors Course last November 5-7, 2009 at the Legend Villas in Mandaluyong. The event, which had as its target audience, the consultants of selected medical institutions and centers from the provinces,  and cardiologists from the different PHA Chapters, had the following objectives:
 
(1)   To increase CPR knowledge and awareness among the general public
(2)   To train and certify lay personnel community service providers how to respond to certain emergencies and to do basic CPR
(3)   To certify trainors in BLS and ACLS in the different institutions and standardize the training program
(4)   To update the trainors on the latest developments in the science of resuscitation and discuss the most recent advances related to treating cardiopulmonary arrest and peri-arrest conditions.
 
Under the leadership of current Chair Dr. Marcellus Francis Ramirez, lectures and demonstrations on the different modules of Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support were delivered by the active members of the CPR council. Highlights included updates on the latest CPR guidelines by the American Heart Association, answers to frequently asked questions and controversies in resuscitation, and hands-on workshops in basic CPR, airway management and electrical therapies. The participants were then subjected to the routine written and Megacode examinations, an entertaining and educational quiz show, and an interactive type of practical examination at the culmination of the course.
The attendees from the medical institutions were: Drs. Gina Ogaco, Romeo Merino, Faith Joan Mesa-Gaerlan, Maria Luz Joanna Soria, and Ronald Santos of Manila Doctors Hospital; Drs. Maria Paz Mateo, Ruth Saguil-Sy, and Jesus Jorge of Veterans Memorial Medical Center; Drs. Maria Rita Santos, Enrico Tolentino, and Jerry Castro of MPI-Medical Center Muntinlupa; Drs. Imelda Mateo, Juanito Rodulfo, Jr, Minda Siasoco, Francisco Guiao, Rocky Dizon, Philomela Ramos-Quijano, and Gilbert Cadiente of Amang Rodriguez Medical Center; Dr. Glynna Ong-Cabrera of World Citi Medical Center; Drs. Kenneth Coo, Karen Mae Sayson, and Rosalind Yu of Siliman University Medical Center; Drs. Ma. Helga Sta. Maria, and Christine Yeban of Las PiƱas Doctors Hospital; Drs. Arnold Tabun, Jr  and Susana Felisa Sevilla of Mt. Carmel Diocesan Hospital Lucena.
 
The Chapters, were represented by: Drs. Angelito Medina and Marietta Ablang of Central Luzon; Drs. Paul Tang and Madelyn Decena of Northern Luzon; Dr. Maria Vilinda Villanueva of Southern Tagalog; Drs. Arbel Perete, and Cyril Chua of Bicol; Drs. Geoffrey Adelantar, and Felibert Dianco of Western Visayas; and Dr. Ma. Soledad Maramara of Northwestern Mindanao
 
Attendees for the first day BLS session also included representatives from local community service providers- airlines, shipping lines and casinos, with the aim of increasing CPR knowledge and awareness among the general public. Carmen Sarmiento, Gerome delos Reyes, and Vic Paguio attended for Philippine Airlines, while Sulpicio Lines was represented by Maylyn Daquioag. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) sent four of its doctors who attended and completed the three day affair:Drs. Gil Hernandez, Reinier Rosete, Apolinar Tolentino, Jr and Samuel Verzosa.

CPR Council member Dr. Floydecielles Jasmin demonstrates the use of the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) in sudden cardiac death. 

Attendees of the 3rd National BLS and ACLS Training the Trainors and other members of the CPR Council pose with PHA President Dr Abola and CPR Council Chair Dr Ramirez

Trainors interact during the highly entertaining CPR Henyo Jeopardy gameshow.