The Department of Education (DepEd) has established its guidelines on providing Basic Life Support Training (BLS) for basic education learners to further instill relevant life skills in them.
âResuscitation training is a vital skill that enables students to acquire the knowledge necessary to deal with medical emergencies,â said Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones.
âPrompt and appropriate first aid can save lives and giving our children this basic skill could mean more lives can be saved in an emergency or disaster,â she added.
In this context, DepEd has published the Rules and Application Regulations (IRR) for RA 10871 or the âLaw on Basic Life Support Training in Schoolsâ which covers all schools and public and private institutions of basic education, including Learning Centers for Alternative Learning Systems (ALS).
As part of the IRR, DepEd will include training programs developed by the Department of Health (DOH), the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC).
Such training should be nationally recognized and evidence-based guidelines for emergency cardiovascular care and psychomotor training to support age-appropriate instruction.
In addition, schools will integrate BLS training as part of their comprehensive physical and health education curriculum.
Subjects into which BLS training can be integrated may include, but are not limited to, science, health, and physical education.
Said BLS program should also be gender and culturally sensitive and consistent with DepEd’s child protection policy and program.
DepEd said students can also learn through the use of psychomotor training in an age-appropriate way to develop physical skills such as movement, coordination, manipulation, dexterity, strength and weight. speed guided by environmental signals.
As stated in the IRR, DepEd should ensure that government agencies and relevant stakeholders are consulted when developing teaching and learning materials.
During this time, schools are encouraged to partner with other schools, local government units (LGUs) or government agencies and private organizations that have the necessary provisions, facilities and equipment to ensure that the BLS training and legally mandated programs are properly implemented.
âIt could also provide BLS training to all DepEd staff, especially our physical education and health teachers, to make them more effective and efficient in BLS training our learners,â Briones said.
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