‘One Blood. One Barangay. One Pangasinan’ held

September 20, 2009 at 1:22 am Leave a comment


PhotobucketLINGAYEN — To establish and maintain a system of voluntary blood donation in the province, the Provincial Government of Pangasinan and The Liga ng mga Barangay of Pangasinan, headed by Board Member Amadeo T. Espino, in collaboration with Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Pangasinan Chapter and Alaminos City-Western Pangasinan Chapter, launched the “One Blood. One Barangay. One Pangasinan.” project last September 10 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center gymnasium here.

Conceptualized to address the shortage of blood requirements in the province, all the 44 towns and 3 cities of the province, through their Liga ng mga Barangay, sent 10 potential blood donors, who along with walk-in donors like provincial officials and employees, underwent physical examination in order to pass the requirements to donate blood.

Provincial Administrator Rafael Baraan, who represented Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., said that the launching is “very simple but very meaningful and have a very big impact.”

“Blood is a very crucial lifeline,” he added, as he challenged the PNRC and the Liga ng mga Barangay of Pangasinan to establish a “living blood bank” by launching a program and creating a data bank on the blood type and the health status of every citizen in every barangay to get the blood when it is needed.

Provincial Board Member Espino, himself one of the early blood donors, said, “This is our own little way to help the governor whose priority programs include health and medical service for our provincemates.”

Provincial Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario, member of the Board of Directors of PNRC Pangasinan Chapter and Chairman of its Committee on Community Health and Nursing Services, said that “Ang dugo ay buhay, isang bagay na napakaimpotante na talagang nakakadugtong ng buhay hindi lamang ng sa atin kundi pati buhay ng ating kapwa.”

According to Florame Magalong, Chapter Administrator of PNRC Pangasinan Chapter, “Every day in the PNRC, we are challenged with the shortage of blood. If there are no warm bodies to donate blood, every day, every month and every year, we will be facing a great challenge which is blood shortage.”

Magalong said that the “ultimate goal is to establish and maintain a system of voluntary blood donation the to make blood available anytime, safe to those who are in need and create an awareness of regular blood donations and to achieve 100 percent voluntary blood donation by 2010.”

Annually, there are 24,000 units of blood as a requirement set for the province by the Department of Health and 50 percent of which is the responsibility of the PNRC.

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