Cebu City partners with DOH-7 for brgy-based blood donation drive

By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | June 15,2022 - 09:55 AM
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Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama led the MOA signing with officials of the Department of Health in Central Visayas for the conduct of barangay-based blood donation campaigns. | Screen grabbed from the live feed of the Cebu City PIO

CEBU CITY, Philippines — On June 14, World Blood Donor Day, the Cebu City government and the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to hold barangay-based bloodletting drives.

This will involve 66 of the 80 barangays in Cebu City.

“The barangays are our critical link. Kailangan nga sila ang mo-promote sa ilang mga constituents to make blood available para magamit sa mga tawo nga manginahanglan,” DOH-7 Director Dr. Bernadas said.

Under the MOA, the DOH-7 will provide technical assistance in the orientation of barangay personnel and in the testing, collection and storage of the blood.

Each of the participating barangay is responsible for pre-listing donors, as well as, preparing the venues for the blood donation drives that are targeted on a quarterly basis.

Dr. Suyenne Garde, CHD’s blood program coordinator, said donating blood helps save lives.

“The simple act of donating blood is a true act of heroism and patriotism, particularly during this dark time of the pandemic, when many of us are depending on blood transfusion to survive,” she said.

Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, head of  the Health Department (CHD), expressed his gratitude to DOH-7 for the support that it has been giving to the barangays.

As a result of their collaboration with DOH-7 and the barangays, Ibones reported an increase in the number of donors participating in blood donation drives that they conducted in the past three years.

Ibones said that in 2019, they only collected a total of 29 bags of bloods from donors coming from the different barangays here. This increased to 1,009 in 2020, and to 1,796 in 2022.

“Dili ni namo makuha kung dili tungod sa atong mga barangay officials nga naningkamot ug nitabang nato,” Dr. Ibones said.

He added that they hope to surpass last year’s collection this year. From January to June this year, they already collected 1,000 bags of blood.

Aside from the MOA signing, DOH-7 also recognize on Tuesday the different barangays that actively participated in their blood donation campaign. These are Barangays Sudlon I, Lorega San Miguel and Santa Cruz.

Seven barangays were also awarded for collection 100 units of donated blood from 2020 to 2021.  These are Barangays Talamban, Lahug, Inayawan, Cogon Pardo, Guadalupe, Bulacao, and Labangon.

Meanwhile, 11 other barangays – Punta Princesa, Tisa, Buhisan, Poblacion Pardo, Basak San Nicolas, Quiot, Apas, Mabolo, Mambaling, Busay and Bacayan – were cited for collecting 50 to 99 bags of donated blood for the past two years.


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