By Ernie Esconde
PILAR, Bataan — The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) has declared this town as the first CPR-ready municipality, or the first trained town in cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the Philippines.
Doctors Aurelia Leus and Orlando Bugarin, PHA national president and vice president, respectively, presented the award Saturday to Vice Mayor Mariano Caguimbal and other municipal officials at the government center here.
This town became host to the celebration of Heart Month carrying the theme “One Heart, One Nation” where residents availed of free screenings, laboratory tests, and medical consultations.
Bugarin, a well-known cardiologist in Bataan, is chair of Heart Month 2020.
The residents also got pointers on sudden cardiac arrest, angina awareness, one-minute workout anytime of the day and tutorial on hands-only CPR, and use of automated external defibrillator (AED).
Maricel Aquino, chief of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said the award was something every residents of the town should be proud of.
Aquino said it was through the initiative of Mayor Carlos Pizarro Jr. that they got the honor. “It will cascade down to the community on how to conduct the proper preparedness and enough information when it comes to disaster or emergency that include CPR and readiness of every citizen,” she said.
Municipal Councilor Ces Garcia said the initiative should be continued into the barangay level so the households will also learn to become ready.
Organized by the Philippine Heart Association’s Central Luzon Chapter, the CPR Excellence Awarding rite was the centerpiece of Heart Month 2020 Fair.
Witnessing the historic moment were members of the PHA Board of Directors: Doctors Gilbert Vilela, Ronald Cuyco, Rodney Jimenez, Vincent Valencia, Francis Lavapie (chair PHA Council on CPR), Jeffrey Patawaran (PHA Central Luzon Chapter president), and Luigi Pierre Segundo.
The PHA Healthy Lifestyle advocacy is codenamed 52100—five servings of fruits and vegetables, not more than two hours of screen time/not more than two grams of added salt, one hour of physical activity, zero sugared beverages, and zero smoking.
“Our dream is to bring CPR to every Filipino home,” Bugarin said. (PNA)