Secretary Ona lauds Celso, other Sandugo awardees PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 July 2012 14:14

Health Secretary Enrique Ona Wednesday evening paid tribute to this year’s National Sandugo Awardees that include Mayor Celso Lobregat for their political commitment and support to the implementation of national policies, plans and advocacy for improved blood service delivery.

Secretary Ona, along Education Secretary Bro. Armin Luistro was the guest of honor in the Sandugo 2012 Awards and the DOH-DEPED MOA Signing, Wednesday night at the Heritage Hotel in Manila.

“The overall objective of the National Sandugo Awards is to increase awareness concerning the concept of altruistic blood donation, and to commend and recognize the political commitment and support from local chief executives and local government units”, Sec. Ona said in his message stressing that the award hopes to highlight those who have exerted efforts in the implementation of national policies, plans and advocacy for improved blood service delivery. “Furthermore, the purpose of the event is also linked directly with the building of true partnerships with local governments and civil society”.

Mayor Lobregat got his 7th National Sandugo Award for Outstanding Local Government Executives making him a 5-time hall of famer for outstanding support, commitment and active involvement in the promotion of voluntary blood donation.

The award is given by the DOH to local government executives who have shown support and commitment to the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP).

Sec. Ona said an effective blood donor program involves mobilization at the grass roots as well as the national level and that support from community leaders is vital in attracting sufficient numbers of low risk, voluntary, unpaid blood donors. “Today, we can give full recognition to what must be the most trusting partnership of all: a partnership that results with someone holding out his/her arm to give their own blood, almost always to people – to patients – they will never meet, but for whom this gesture is lifesaving.”

The Sandugo Awards is in line with the celebration of National Blood Donor’s Month. The awarding ceremony coincided with the MOA signing between the DOH and the DEPED re regarding the integration of the Voluntary Blood Donation in the Elementary, Secondary and Alternative Learning System curricula.

Mayor Lobregat, meanwhile, thanked the DOH for the recognition, as he vowed to remain committed to the PRC’s blood services program.

Tetuan barangay chairman Felipe “Nonong” Natividad also received his Sandugo Award as a Hall of Famer.

Accompanying the mayor during the awarding ceremony were Red Cross Zamboanga Chapter Victor Liozo Jr. and PRC-Zamboanga OIC-Blood Center Physician Dr. Kelly Geronimo.

The National Sandugo Awards is an annual undertaking of the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) of the DOH, the Department of Education, the Local Government Units, the Local Blood Councils, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council (PBCC), the Voluntary Blood Donors Associations and other groups. — Sheila Covarrubias