By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Ramon Revilla Jr. is seeking to make mandatory basic first aid training for all tourism-related enterprises in the country.
Revilla said he recently filed Senate Bill No. 802, which proposes to make basic first aid training a requirement for renewal of business licenses for all tourism-related micro, small and medium enterprises.
The senator said mandating tourism establishments to have first aid skills will ensure the safety of local and foreign tourists in tourism destinations in the Philippines.
He added that this will also boost the country’s reputation a tourism “haven”, and in effect will attract more local and foreign visitors.
“Dumarami ang bilang ng mga turista na nadidisgrasya habang nagbabakasyon (The number tourists figured in accidents are increasing). If we want to be a competitive tourist destination, we have to ensure that an emergency system is in place” Revilla said in a statement.
Under his bill, tourism-related MSMEs shall acquire basic first aid training from the Philippine National Red Cross or other reputable training institutions in the country.
They will be required to submit to the local government units (LGUs) a sworn statement attesting that their personnel have undergone first aid training.
LGUs, in turn, shall ensure that tourism enterprises have their own first aid kits.
The bill also covered tourism service providers and non-government organizations.
With his proposal, Revilla said he hopes to sustain the increase in tourist arrival in the country.