House approves bill indicating blood type in IDs and licenses Print
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 14:05

BY DEXTER YAP

The House of Representatives approved on second reading yeterday House Bill 1530 seeking to require government agencies to indicate the blood type of individuals in the identification cards, certificates and licenses to facilitate medical treatment and ensure the safety of patients, especially in the transfusion of blood during medical emergencies.

The committee on health chaired by Rep. Angelina Tan, M.D. (4th District, Quezon) and committee on appropriations co-chaired by Rep. Celso L.Lobregat (1st District, Zamboanga City) endorsed the bill for plenary approval.

Congressman Lobregat who co-authors House Bill 1530 said that this requires all government agencies to indicate the blood type of individuals in their ID cards, certificates and licenses, or the be referred to as the "Blood Type Identification Act".

These covers the following government-issued documents such as birth certificates, driver’s and firearms licenses and identification documents issued by the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Department of Foreign Affairs (DAF), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Local Registrar’s Office or the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or National Statistics Office (NSO), Land Transportation Office (LTO) and Philippine National Police.

The bill requires the individual to secure a certificate from a pathologist to validate his or her blood type.

Lobregat said that this bill mandates the Department of Health (DOH) in coordination with the concerned implementing agencies, to formulate the rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the Act.

The solon said accidents and medical emergency situations affect and happen to everyone. Thus, in case of emergency which can result in excessive blood loss, immediate matching of the correct blood type may be infused to save the life of the victim or patient.

Lobregat said blood type information is necessary especially in unlikely situations such as accidents and calamities wherein a person will be needing urgent medical attention, particularly blood transfusion.

He said the blood type information of citizens, to be available in the database of concerned government agencies, would be helpful for a systematic maintenance of stocks of blood in hospitals and blood banks under the care of the Philippine Red Cross. – DEXTER YAP