Top 10 barangays feted for blood-letting drives PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 14 August 2015 13:51

The Zamboanga City Blood Council, chaired by Mayor Beng Climaco, and the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City honored yesterday the Top 10 Barangays which initiated and promoted voluntary blood donation activities in their areas from July 2014 to July 2015.

As part of the culminating program of the Blood Donor’s Month, the Council honored and recognized the barangay chairmen of the Top 10 Barangays in fitting awarding ceremony at Lantaka Hotel yesterday morning.

Topping this year’s award were barangays Tulungatung, Putik, Baliwasan, Talon-talon, Tetuan, Sta. Catalina, San Roque, Labuan, Boalan, and Malagutay.

Also recognized for their efforts in encouraging and promoting blood donation awareness were midwives Fe Alvarez and Jasmin Durasan.

Anchored on the theme “Thank You for Saving My Life”, the annual awards program, now on its 4th year, aims to recognize the efforts of barangay captains in organizing blood donation drives and in raising awareness on the life-saving importance of blood and blood donation.

The activity is held annually as part of the Blood Donor’s Month which supports the Department of Health’s National Blood Services Program. This year’s top barangay performers were culled from the list of the Philippine Red Cross and the Zamboanga City Medical Center Blood Bank of mobile blood donations done in barangays and initiated by barangay chairmen from July 2014 to July 2015.

Barangays with the most number of blood drives and highest number of blood units collected rounded up the top 10 awardees.

The Zamboanga City Blood Council was created by virtue of City Ordinance 336, which established the City/Barangay Blood Councils and prescribed the rules and regulations for it effective implementation in the city of Zamboanga.

The ordinance was enacted last July 24, 2008 to purposely to institutionalize the provisions of Republic Act 7719 (National Blood Services Act of 1994) and to fully implement DILG Circular no. 96-6 mandating the integration of the voluntary blood donation services and program into the local financial work plan and budget as an added function of the local health board of LGUs.— Jasmine Mohammadsali