Ordinance institutionalizes voluntary blood donation

THE CITY Council of Davao on Tuesday, Jan. 9, has approved on the third and final reading the “Ordinance Institutionalizing a Barangay Voluntary Blood Donation Program for the City of Davao.”

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Mabel Sunga Acosta, chair of the committee on peace and public safety.

Apart from providing adequate, safe, affordable and equitable supply of blood, the ordinance also aims to raise awareness to the public.

Sec. 5 (Promotion of Voluntary Blood Donation) of the ordinance stated that “to ensure adequate supply of human blood donation, voluntarily blood donation shall be promoted through declaration of barangay donor’s month, public education, voluntary blood donation activity, donor recognition, and barangay recognition.

Based on the ordinance, the barangay blood donor’s month is to be conducted in all barangays in the city every month of July in parallel with the commemoration of National Blood Donors’ Month according to the Presidential Proclamation No. 1021 and the Implementing Rules and Regulation of the National Blood Services Act of 1994.

“Access of any person to the barangay blood pool shall be determined by the barangay Local Government Unit that will set guidelines with the assistance of partner blood service facility,” the ordinance read. “The guidelines must be duly approved by the City Health Office through the City Blood Program Coordinator.

Sec. 9 of the ordinance mandates the allocation of funds for the operation of the Barangay Blood Donor’s Program in the first year of implementation. The cost of implementation for the succeeding years will be shouldered by the barangay.

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