[Quezon City, July 19, 2023] – In a momentous display of collaboration and commitment to saving lives, St. Luke’s Medical Center Foundation President, Dr. Benjamin S.A. Campomanes, Jr., and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian have officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to launch the “BLS for Bystanders Training Program.” The initiative aims to equip DSWD frontliners, social workers, and the 4.4 million nationwide beneficiaries of the 4Ps Program with essential life-saving skills.
The ceremonial signing, held at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan, Quezon City brought together prominent representatives from both organizations, reflecting their shared dedication to fostering a safer and more resilient Philippines. This strategic partnership leverages the strengths of St. Luke’s Medical Center Foundation’s expertise in medical training and the DSWD’s unwavering commitment to providing “Maagap at Mapagkalingang Serbisyo” to the Filipino people.
At the heart of this collaboration is the belief that ordinary bystanders can become extraordinary heroes. The BLS for Bystanders Training Program empowers individuals to respond effectively and confidently during emergencies, bridging the crucial gap between helplessness and hope. With a focus on basic life support techniques, the training ensures that participants are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to make a life-saving difference in critical situations.
Through this collaboration, St. Luke’s Medical Center Foundation and DSWD are taking a significant step towards achieving the shared vision of a compassionate nation that stands ready to support one another in times of need. The BLS for Bystanders Training Program will empower communities to respond proactively, with compassion and competence, thus fortifying the nation’s resilience.
The BLS for Bystanders Training Program is set to launch this 2023, beginning with training sessions for DSWD frontliners and social workers from NCR. The initiative’s long-term impact is expected to extend beyond immediate emergencies, creating a ripple effect of compassion and preparedness throughout communities nationwide.