Guiao’s ‘Samboy Lim’ bill passed

THE Committee on Basic Education of the House of Representatives has approved House Bill 5891, authored by Pampanga 1st District Representative and PBA Coach Joselier ‘Yeng Guiao, which seeks to require students in both public and private schools to undergo Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training at least once prior to graduation.

Guiao, who named the measure the Samboy Lim Bill  after the former Philippine Basketball Association superstar who had lapsed into a coma after collapsing during a break in an All-Stag game, said  he is hopeful that it will become a law before the current Congress adjourns for next year’s election.


When Lim collapsed, not one among the more than the 20 people around him knew what to do or had proper training to perform the CPR.

Doctors later said that had CPR been administerd on Lim during the three minute window after he collapsed, Lim’s chances of recovery would have been better.

“I would like to call this the Samboy Lim Bill in honor of the PBA superstar who is now in a coma after suffering from a heart attack during an exhibition game and whose fate became the impetus for the filing of the proposal,”  Guiao said.

Guiao said that the concept of CPR training in schools is nothing new considering that the United States, Norway, UK and Canada has been doing it since the 1960s.  Asian neighbors Malaysia ,Singapore and Japan  have already begun  CPR training in schools  and communities.

And they have a very good reason for doing so,  Guiao said.

Experts have said that cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anytime and anywhere whether you’re at a basketball game,at the theatre, at home, on the bus or on a plane and there’s good chance a rescuer will be helping his or her own loved one,friend or any individual in fate if this happens.

Present during the Committee hearing presided by Committee Vice chairperson Eulogio Magsays,Vice Chair Avelina Escudero were Department of Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali, Dr. Francis Lavapie of Philippine Heart Association who threw his full support to Guiao.s bill, Rep.  Sol Aragones ang Lim’s former wife Atty. Darlene Berberabe who has made CPR training a personal advocacy.

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