Provincial blood council explores ways to collect more blood supply

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, June 18 (PIA) - - The Provincial Blood Council is exploring possibilities of strengthening blood collection strategies to meet the demand of patients in need of blood.


One of the strategies is to tap the senior high school students in public and private schools as potential blood donors.

While the basic intent is to save lives,   students need to be educated and informed of the benefits of being a donor for them to appreciate and be persuaded to become donors, said Red Cross Administrator Oscar Paris.

Presently, Red Cross is able to collect blood from various sources with the help of the local government units, police, academe and other sectors of society.

Through the mobile blood donation activities, the local Red Cross collected a total of 1,213 units from the 13 towns from January to May this year. Paris said they hope to reach at least 50 percent of the target population of one percent or equivalent to 4,460 by end of June.

For 2016, total number of units collected was  2,130 while blood collection for 2017 totalled 2,505, below the one percent target population, said Paris.

With the low collection rate, Paris said they have turned down request of patients as they no longer practice blood replacement but voluntary donation.

Red Cross is tasked to provide safe and quality blood through voluntary blood donation, donor recruitment, retention and care, blood collection, testing, processing and blood issuance. Susan C. Aro (JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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