The House Committee on Youth and Sports Development finalized its recommendations in the wake of the death of 23-year-old Superbike champion Maico Buncio.
Buncio died on May 15 last year after suffering serious injuries from a freak accident while racing at the Clark Speedway in Pampanga. He was thrown off his bike onto an unfinished part of the course where a metal bar punctured his body, causing internal injuries.
Among the issues discussed by the committee were the safety of race tracks and the response of emergency medical technicians or EMTs.
EMTs reportedly removed the piece of metal protruding from Buncio, which caused him to rapidly lose blood while he was being attended to.
The committee report listed the following recommendations:
- To recommend amendments to the PSC Law (RA 6847) to add to its functions the authority to regulate motorsports and issue licenses and permits for the conduct of any competition;
- To recommend to the Department of Health to institute accreditation or certification guidelines and requirements for ambulance services to ensure the provision of quality emergency medical services. The guidelines shall include, among others, the inclusion of at least one attending physician (or more depending on the kind of sports) in addition to EMT or nurse inside the ambulance equipped with adequate emergency medical equipment/tools and supplies;
- To recommend to the Technical and Skills Development Authority to institute accreditation guidelines and requirements for Training Centers for Emergency Medical Technicians and to evaluate whether these centers meet international Paramedic Education Standard to ensure that only qualified training centers and EMTs are awarded with the necessary license or credential;
- To urge or require race organizers to provide athletes with sufficient life and health insurance coverage as part of the MOA between NAMSAA and the organizer;
- To recommend to the PSC to impose sanctions against the officers of NAMSAA by way of suspending financial assistance to the NAMSAA until such time that all racetracks shall have been inspected to ensure that these conform with international safety standards; and for the PSC to continuously monitor if NAMSAA discharges its duties and responsibilities accordingly to ensure the safety of the riders.