Resorts World Manila: First recipient of PHA CPR-Ready Establishment in the country

PASAY CITY, Dec. 15, 2016 -- Resorts World Manila (RWM), a vast hospitality/entertainment estate, was acclaimed as the very first recipient of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation-Ready Resort-Hotel Award by the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) during an awarding ceremony at Passion Restaurant, one of the former’s F&B outlets.
PHA officers led by President Dr. Raul Lapitan presented the plaque of recognition and certificate of recognition to RWM Chief Operations Officer Steve Reilly and Dr. John Dale Hizon, RWM assistant director for Health and Emergency Medical Services. Both Reilly and Hizon are champions of a CPR-Ready workplace and community.

Also on hand were PHA CPR gurus Drs. Alex Junia, immediate past president/CPR-Ready Phils. adviser; Orlando Bugarin, director and Advocacy Committee chair and Francis Lavapie, PHA Council on CPR chair, who have indulgently supported the CPR training program of RWM since 2012.

CPR on Wings & Wheels shares early Christmas Joy

Scores 4,623 participants

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo December 4, 2016 – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.IMG 1825Holiday staples – giant Christmas trees, garlands, balls, lights, lanterns – that deck the major arteries, windows and porches of establishments, halls, homes, yards and garden areas; the nippy air and moderate to heavy vehicular traffic and human traffic in malls and tiangge, remind you that it is 20 days before Christmas.

According to the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), the Holiday season is a good time to convey these very important reminders:

1. During reunions, revel and rest, let us renew and/or reinforce our resolve to pamper our earthly bodies. Don’t overwork your heart.

2. During the season of indulgence and merriment when everyone least expects it, cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. Brace yourselves.

3. Learn preventive cardiology. Even if food and drinks are boundless, practice moderation in your diet. Even if parties are seamless, don’t make a fully-booked calendar an excuse not to exercise.

4. Save a life. Learn CPR. Administering prompt hands-only CPR or 100-120 chest compressions per minute on a cardiac arrest victim will bring him/her back to life and increase the victim’s chance of survival by 33 percent. You buy time while waiting for the ambulance. Early recognition and resuscitation prevents irreparable brain impairment. Seventy percent of cardiac arrest cases happen at home and in public places, and in most cases, happens in the presence of a loved one, who unfortunately, does not know how to do event basic CPR.

In the continued effort to gear up the country towards an all-encompassing, all-inclusive safety and survival platform, the PHA is turning CPR into a panoptic course providing accessible CPR tools to tourist establishments, municipalities and Barangay Health Workers (BHW).
Cases of Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) as well as drownings that were not properly addressed have been reported. Most tourist facilities are disaster-ready but not exactly CPR-equipped.

DzMM picks PHA as CPR trainer on Grand Kapamilya Day

MANILA, July 31, 2016 – Giant broadcast network DzMM 630 khz Teleradyo chose the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) as its heart healthcare provider during the latter’s Grand Kapamilya Day 30th founding anniversary commemoration.

Held at the huge San Andres Sports Complex from 8am to 5pm, the mammoth event was dedicated to its loyal patrons and aimed to lure new sets of audience. It was open for everyone to explore the numerous services offered by DzMM and its programs.

All the DzMM programs, to name a few – Magandang Gabi Dok (MGD), Usapang de Campanilla, SOCO sa DzMM and Aksyon Ngayon – had their individual booths, and assigned time slots to offer public service. The MGD booth was manned by its hosts Nina Corpuz and Dr. Luisa Puyat.

Dr. Francis Lavapie, PHA Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) chair, gave the rudiments of CPR for the bystander before conducting CPR demo with PHA staff Ronaldo Grande, a Basic Life Support (BLS) lay trainer.

Lavapie also said that to avert the onset of heart disease, “let us practice healthy lifestyle and the key to a healthy, happy heart is adhering to 52100 daily. Have your risk factors checked every year to avert heart diseases. On a global and local scale, heart disease is the top killer disease.”

PHA also granted DzMM’s request to provide free risk factor screenings (BP, cholesterol/sugar levels and waist circumference check). Getz Pharma, one of the PHA’s constant allies, readily accommodated the request. Charity Nagrampa, Getz Pharma product manager, came with her team of medical technicians who did the screenings. GYNNA P. GAGELONIA

CPR Law ignites media interest

With mass media by its side in its clamor for the passage of the CPR Bill, the Philippine Heart Association’s CPR Advocacy gained impressive media mileage in July and August 2016.

A growing number of requests poured in from various media and private organizations
A factor to this boost is the recent passage of the CPR Act (House Bill 6204, Senate bill 3204 now RA 10871), which furthered PHA’s advocacy through media partnerships as the vehicle.

Requests for CPR trainings came from the HR Department of GMA 7 network, Health & Lifestyle and the Manila Times, while risk factor screenings were asked by the DzMM Grand Kapamilya Day and GMA Kapuso Foundation with cardiologists in their September barangay medical mission, among others.

Media partners have also been punctual in raising awareness to the public about the hazards of cardiovascular implications and how it could affect anyone, as attested by tragedies that befell noted athletes and health icons, former PBA player Samboy Lim – whose ill fate resulted in his current immobile state – and, more recently, PBA athlete, Gilbert Bulawan – whose sudden cardiac arrest lead to his unfortunate death.

Other media outlets and publications have also partaken in the effort to hasten the progress of the advocacy, through progress reports on the proposed instigation of CPR into basic and secondary education institutions where CPR is campaigned to be a mandatory learning and education unit for students, as well as follow-up stories for the Bill’s status at the Executive Branch of the government for complete integration of the CPR Law in the country.

Medical insights on habits that increase the likelihood of contracting heart complications have also been released as precautionary measures, with efforts being done by cardiologists and the PHA in enlightening everyone about cardiovascular risks and management.

CPR on Wheels & Wings from coast to coast

Philippine Heart Association (PHA) President Dr. Raul Lapitan is determined to propel the CPR-Ready Philippines Campaign to a new dimension – to new heights and depths.

“PHA is casting its sights on the tourism sector. We are organizing the CPR-Ready Philippines Campaign’s CPR on Wheels & Wings project, with Boracay as the pilot site and Cebu as the second leg. We are in the process of finalizing the list of destinations,” he said.

PHA is taking the lead in transforming the travel industry players into CPR-equipped establishments.

Boracay is every local and international tourists’ dream destination. The island Paradise is one of the tourism/travel trade’s top cash cows. It generates high volumes of repeat and new inbound international/local traffic.

Lapitan said “we are putting priority on places that burst with visitors. We need to train and teach the municipal and barangay health workers the hotel/resort front liners, staff and support service workers (the boatmen, drivers, tour guides, local police, vendors, et al), how to revive a cardiac arrest and drowning victim. This emergency procedure should be done immediately and properly, while waiting for the ambulance that will take the victim to the hospital.”

There have been news reports about sudden cardiac arrests (SCA) and drowning incidents in bay resorts and hotels. Deaths from SCA and drowning could have been prevented if these tourists facilities were CPR-equipped and installed with an external defibrillator. The Philippines has to be in step with its Asian neighbors that are CPR-savvy.

This project is also buoyed by the passage of the CPR Law; huge success of the first simultaneous Nationwide Mass CPR Training in April this year; the notable accomplishments of PHA under the leadership of PHA immediate past president Dr. Alex Junia and the growing number of CPR Advocacy network of allies from all fronts.

“We want to be remembered as the heart society that played a big part in converting these locations into tourism havens to the max,” added Lapitan.

The PHA is set to meet up with Department of Tourism Undersecretary Alma Jimenez on September 19, 2016, to explore the merits of a possibe DOT-PHA tie-up.


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