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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau

Committee oks bill requiring first aid training for tourism sector workers
21 March 2019 07:56:43 PM

The House Committee on Tourism chaired by Rep. Corazon Malanyaon approved a bill seeking to require personnel of tourism enterprises to undergo first aid training.

House Bill 9141, authored by Rep. Rozzano Rufino Biazon (Lone District, Muntinlupa City), aims to equip stakeholders of the tourism sector with skills and training to cope with the emergency medical needs of travelers and tourists.

It also seeks to address the concern for public health and safety while promoting the country as a global tourism destination.

The measure mandates personnel of tourism enterprises, tourism-oriented non-government organizations (NGOs) and people's organizations (POs), and individual providers of tourism-related services to undergo basic first aid training provided by the Philippine Red Cross or other reputable institutions offering such training. The PRC and other such training institutions shall issue the appropriate training certification for this purpose.

As a requirement for the renewal of their business permits, tourism enterprises must submit to the concerned local government units a sworn statement attesting that their personnel underwent the mandated training as well as copies of the individual training certificates.

Meanwhile, LGUs are tasked to facilitate and provide the necessary training for the tourism-oriented NGOs and POs and individual providers of tourism-related services under their jurisdiction and coordinate with the PRC or other reputable institutions for the provision of the training.

The LGUs must also ensure, through periodic inspection, that tourism enterprises and tourism-oriented NGOs and POs are equipped with first aid kits.

HB 9141 substituted HB 8074, also authored by Biazon.

In the explanatory note of the bill, Biazon said that the country must work towards equipping people serving in the tourism sector with the necessary skills and training to cater to the needs of travelers in order to sustain and further improve gains in the tourism industry.

"The government needs to ensure that people engaged in tourism services must, at the very least, be trained in giving first aid to tourist who are victims of accidents," Biazon said.

He also said that promoting the Philippines as a top tourist destination should not only dwell on the country's scenic spots, hospitable culture, and rich history but also involve the assurance of safety for tourists. | Czarina Engracia/ News and Documentation Section-Press and Public Affairs Bureau / House of Representatives of the Philippines