Lobregat gets 6th Nat’l Sandugo Award PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 16:49

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday was conferred the National Sandugo Award for Outstanding Local Government Executives, a yearly undertaking of the Department of Health in cooperation with the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council and the Philippine Red Cross in Manila.

This is the 6th straight year for Mayor Lobregat to receive the national award, elevating him to the Hall of Fame for the 4th time.
Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo was the guest of honor during the awarding rites held yesterday afternoon at the Diamond Hotel at the Roxas Boulevard in
Manila. 

Now on its 13th year, the National Sandugo Award is an initiative of the DOH for local government executives who have shown support and commitment to the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP).

Ever since he started his term as mayor, Lobregat has been very supportive of the plans and programs of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). This assistance comes in the form of trainings and resources to ensure the smooth operation of the local blood bank. The mayor is a national governor of the PRC.

Joining Mayor Lobregat in Manila during the awarding ceremony were Zamboanga City Red Cross Administrator Vic Liozo Jr. and officials from the DOH-Field Office 9.
Liozo expressed pride that Mayor Lobregat is recognized and honored for the 6th straight year stressing that the chief executive is one active leader who knows the value of blood donation. “He is the reason why we have a very active blood program in our city”.

The National Sandugo Award for Local Government Executives is bestowed on a provincial governor, city mayor, municipal mayor or barangay captain who gave outstanding support, commitment and active involvement in the promotion of voluntary blood donation towards the achievement of the vision of Republic Act 7719 otherwise known as the “National Blood Services Act of 1994”.

Specific criteria to the awards include personal involvement and commitment in the NVBSP, provision of resources in the promotion of voluntary blood donation, being instrumental for the high percentage of voluntary blood donation in his jurisdiction which includes blood collected by government and private hospital, PNRC blood center, local health services and NGOs and exemplary administrative actions in support of NVBSP such as issuances within the last 5 years.

The awards is in line with the advocacy for voluntary blood donation which was enhanced by the enactment of RA 7719 which mobilized national agencies and private organizations to promote voluntary blood donation and collect the lifesaving fluid. — Sheila Covarrubias