Press Release
August 7, 2019

'Basic first aid' essential in boosting tourism- Revilla

Basic first aid training should be mandatory for all tourism-oriented enterprises, non-government organizations and individual service providers to ensure the safety of local and foreign tourists visiting the country.

This is the rationale behind Senate Bill No. 802 filed by Sen. Bong Revilla which aims to make basic first aid training a requirement for renewal of business licenses for 39, 325 tourism-related micro, small and medium enterprises all over the country.

Revilla believes that making basic first aid training a requirement will help sustain the increase in tourist arrivals in the country which reached 7.59 percent this year.

Basic first aid shall be provided by the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and other reputable training institutions in the country.

Concerned local government units (LGUs) will be required to submit a sworn statement attesting that their personnel have undergone trainings. Each LGU shall also facilitate the registration of each personnel from any tourism-related service provider, and ensure that tourism enterprises have their own first aid kits.

"Dumarami ang bilang ng mga turista na nadidisgrasya habang nagbabakasyon. If we want to be a competitive tourist destination, we have to ensure that an emergency system is in place" Revilla said.

"Kung gagawin nating mandatory ang basic first aid kit sa mga tourism establishment sa bansa, mas makatitiyak na lahat ng Pilipino at mga dayuhang turista, ligtas na makapag-eenjoy saan man sila magbakasyon," he added.

The veteran senator also said that having a basic first aid system will boost the reputation of the country as an international haven for tourism, and will attract more local and foreign visitors.

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