Re-organized local blood council to enhance donation campaign

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 16 (PIA) - - The re-organized provincial local blood council with a broader composition is expected to improve and innovate ways in the campaign on voluntary blood donation for adequate supply of blood of  the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Benguet Chapter.


The provincial government issued Administrative Order 2017-033 amending the composition of the Provincial Local Blood Council to now include government, non government organizations, public and private sectors for broader scope of involvement and partnership of voluntary blood donation in the community.  

Mankayan Mayor Materno Luspian, Bennguet Mayors League president, said the intention of the re-establishment of the council is to help enhance and innovate ways to promote voluntary blood donation and support the collection and provision of safe and adequate blood and blood components for transfusion.

The  Council will assist in the formulation of the local blood donation program, plans and implements public education, advocacy and donor recruitment activities; organizes mobile blood collection activities in coordination, spearheads/assists fund sourcing/raising activities; strengthens linkages of local hospitals, facilities and coordinates and monitors implementation of local blood donation program.

PRC- Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris admitted the blood collection facility is not meeting its yearly collection target of one percent of the total population as set by the Department of Health  as it is not able to supply the needed demand of clients.   

Luspian suggested that the blood donation campaign form part of the municipal score card and included as part of the activities of the inter-local health zones, an inter-local government unit cooperation which protects the public or collective health of the community.

Among the other strategies identified in drawing more participation to voluntary blood donation are engaging with private and non-government organizations, taking advantage of crowd drawing events such as festivals and foundation day activities, conduct of advocacy campaign during municipal council meetings.

Paris said although the chapter slates regular collection activities through networking with agencies and other institutions, he acknowledged that the advocacy campaign will be strengthened with the presence of the council.

The creation of local blood council is provided in DOH Administrative Order 2010-0002 in support to the implementation of the National Voluntary Blood Services Program of the government. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA-CAR, Benguet)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

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Asin Hot Springs

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BenCab Museum

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Bell Church

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Mt. Pulag

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