Philippine Blood Coordinating Council

Our Vision

That health services and health-related organizations and agencies shall provide an adequate supply of safe quality blood, promote voluntary blood donation and administer blood products in an appropriate and scientific manner as an integral part of quality health and medical services to our people.

A professional, multi-sectoral, dynamic and innovative organization committed to the promotion of voluntary donation, the provision of safe quality blood and the rational use of blood products by health service providers by advocacy, professional education, technical assistance to policy makers in national and local government agencies and private organizations, networking and research.

World Blood Donor Day 2017

Today, June 14, brings us two great opportunities, one, to commemorate the 149th birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner - a Nobel Prize winner for his great discovery of the ABO blood group system; and two, to join countries around the world in celebrating the World Blood Donor Day.

The event, which is one of the eight official global public health campaigns marked bythe World Health Organization (WHO), was established in 2004 to "raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood productsand to thank blood donors for their life saving gifts of blood".

The theme for this year's celebration "What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often." focuses on blood donation in emergencies touching on altruistic human nature to help.

While there's a need to attract huge number of voluntary blood donors every blood donor sessions to address this concern, it is far more important to createa wider awareness on the importance of voluntary, unpaid, blood donation and encourage more people to become regular donors to sustain the adequacy of safe blood supply particularly in times of emergencies.

As this year's slogan goes, "What can you do?" - The Philippine Blood Coordinating Council will continue doing its part in the tripartitehelping the National Blood Program meet the gaps in terms of policies, advocacies, and professional education addressing the three principles of learning namely Knowledge, Skills, and Attitude. These play an important role in quality donor care and satisfaction known as the pillars of donor retention allowing blood service facilities to respond to the increase in blood demand, especially during emergencies.

At this point, on behalf of the Executive Officers of the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all our regular voluntary non-remunerated blood donors for the gift of life. Gratitude we wish to extend next year to newfound voluntary donors converted from Family or Replacement Donors. The same goes to our hard-working, dedicated, and unselfish Community-Based Mobile Blood Donation Coordinators/Partners from the government, non-government, and religious sectors alike, for continuously organizing blood donation drives all year long ensuring continuous supply of safe blood. And how can we forget the men and women behind the scene called Blood Program Manager, Blood Program Coordinators, Blood Bank Heads, Quality Assurance Officers, Donor Recruitment Officers, Phlebotomists, and the likes, who took the words commitment and passion to a higher level by ensuring the quality and adequacy of safe blood supply in our blood service facilities. We firmly believe that if all stake holders work together, slowly but surely, we can put some flesh on our mission of providing adequate supply of safe blood for the country.

That, today, is partly a dream... but if we work together with the help of our very precious resource, our VNRBD, it will become a reality! Give blood. Give now. Give often.


About PBCC

Our Objectives

  1. To disseminate correct information to the public including children, regarding the benefits and advantages of Voluntary Blood Donation;
  2. To motivate different sectors of the society to donate blood voluntarily in order to ensure safer transfusion and to discourage the paid system;
  3. To educate medical and paramedical personnel regarding the proper utilization of blood;
  4. To promote the use of blood component therapy to utilize blood to the fullest;
  5. To improve blood banking procedures and policies especially in hospital-based blood bank;
  6. To promote the interchange of concepts and experiences in blood donation and transfusion practices;
  7. To foster participation in international activities in Blood Banking and Transfusion

Our Roles

  1. Primary Objectives
    1. Professional Education
      • Physicians, nurses and other users of blood
      • Pathologists, medical technologists and other blood bank personnel
    2. Technical Advice to Policy makers and legislature, National and local government
    3. Consultancy assistance to government agencies, hospitals , private sector and NGO's.
  2. Secondary Objectives
    1. Public information and education
    2. Networking and Coordination
    3. Research
      • Technical
      • Administrative
      • Psychosocial and behavioral

Our Strategic Plan

  1. The PBCC sets as one of its primary objectives to educate the medical and paramedical personnel regarding the proper utilization of blood.
  2. The PBCC shall launch a public education campaign regarding the rational use of blood and the advantages of voluntary blood donation.
  3. The PBCC, using its official identity as a recognized agency in the NVBSP, sets as one of its objectives a dynamic fund raising program.
  4. The PBCC sets its mission of assisting in the quest for excellence in the Blood Banking System of the Philippines through upgrading technical skills and training in quality management.

Our Role in Quality

  • Promotion of Voluntary Donation
  • Promotion of Rational Use of Blood
  • Technical Assistance to Legislative and Regulatory Authorities
  • Professional Education
    • Seminars on Quality Assurance in Blood Bank
    • Training Course on Quality Management in Blood Transfusion Services
    • Quality Circle on B T Services

National Blood Services Act Rep. Act No. 7719

  • National Blood Services Act Rep. Act No. 7719 was enacted into law in May 1994.
  • The bill was initiated by the Committee on NBSP - filed in 1989 by Sen. R. Saguisag.
  • Promotes Voluntary Blood Donation and mandates a N V Blood Services Program.
  • Phases out commercial blood banks in two to four years.
  • Provides Duty-free importation of blood bank equipment, reagents, blood bags, and supplies.
  • Regulates Blood Service Facilities

Standards for Blood Service Facilities

The Bureau of Research and Laboratories (BRL), DOH has promulgated standards for Blood Banks/Centers (BB/BC), Blood Collection Units (BCU) and Blood Stations (BS).

National Policy Guidelines were formulated to govern the networking of the Regional & Local Blood Services Networks & Local Blood Councils.

Tripartite Summit

A Memorandum of Agreement between Department of Health-NVBSP, Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) and Philippine Blood Coordinating Council (PBCC) for the collaboration between & designation of Roles of DOH-NVBSP, PNRC and PBCC in the implementation of the NVBSP.

Subcommittee on Professional Education (NVBSP)

The Subcommittee was formed composed of health professional societies and government agencies to conduct professional educational activities.

Task Force #1 - Training of BSF personnel
Task Force #2 - Seminars for Health Professionals
Task Force #3 - W/S on HBTC
Task Force #4 - W/S on LBC
Task Force #5 - Quality Management in BTS

History of PBCC

Voluntary Blood Donation

  • Before WW II, Blood was collected and directly administered to patients.
  • With the advent of anticoagulants, blood could be preserved and stored in Blood Banks
  • Voluntary Blood Donation began to be promoted after WW II

PNRC National Blood Program

  • Philippine National Red Cross launched the National Blood Program on July 17, 1948 with President E. Quirino as the first Blood Donor.
  • The original objective of the NBP was "To maintain a constant and ready supply of whole blood or plasma at least for emergency cases".

Blood Bank Law (Republic Act No 1517)

Subsequently, some government and private hospitals set up blood banks. Through the years, the demand for blood for transfusion grew. Because of the inability of the PNRC NBP and hospital blood banks to cope with this growing demand, commercial blood banks were established. In order to assure the safety of the supply of blood from the hospital and commercial blood banks, the government passed the Blood Bank Law in 1956.

Blood Galloners Club

On July1957, sixteen (16) blood donors formed the Blood Galloners Club (BGC) in ceremonies at the Philippine Columbian Club. The first President was Fr. John Bush, an Australian priest, who served from1957-62. The current President is P/Supt. Joel Torregoza - 1997-present. Their foremost objective was to recruit more donors and increase their ranks.

"Joint Committee on Blood Banking"

An Ad Hoc Committee was formed in late 1980 by the Director of the BRL to study the decrease in the number of professional blood donors. The idea of promoting voluntary blood donation was raised. The Committee recommended the formation of a Joint Committee on Blood Banking composed of govern-mental agencies and health professional associations (Memo circ. No. 10, s.1081).

Philippine Blood Coordinating Council

  • In 08 June 1983, Dr. Tomas P. Maramba, Jr., then the President of the PSP invited representatives of the DOH, PNRC, BGC and health professional associations to a meeting to discuss the need to promote voluntary blood donation.
  • This led to the formation of the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council which was launched at the PMA Auditorium on September 15, 1983 with Minister of Health Jesus Azurin as the main speaker
  • The original concept was that the PBCC would be a coordinating body for the PNRC, government agencies, health professional associations, and health related organizations in the campaign for voluntary blood donation and the appropriate use of blood components.

PBCC – Early Years

  • Registered with SEC in February 1984
  • First Officers inducted by Lt. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos in April 1984
  • First Annual Council Meeting held on 15 August 1984
  • PBCC joined celebration of Blood Donors Week in July 1985
  • Brochure on PBCC published in 1985
  • Transfusion Newsletter first issue – 1985
  • PCSO donated P20,000 to PBCC (Res. No. 183, s.1985)

National Blood Services Program

On August 18, 1987, the Department of Health became directly involved in the Blood Program when it issued Department Circular No. 99, s.1987, which enunciated two policies:

  1. To provide an adequate supply of safe blood for transfusion, principally via voluntary blood donation;
  2. To encourage the efficient utilization of blood resources.
  • The Committee on NBSP was created in December 1988 with multisectoral representation under Dept. Order No. 339-K, s. 1988. The DOH, PNRC and PBCC were the key players.
  • The Program was promulgated under Admin. Order No. 118-A, s. 1992. The main objective was "To ensure an adequate and equitable supply of safe blood and blood products to patients who need them."
  • Blood Banks were established or upgraded in Regional Hospitals or Medical Centers.
  • The roles of various organizations in the NBSP were agreed.
  • Regional Blood Councils were established in ten (10) regions.
  • Blood Seminars were conducted in all regions.
  • Workshops on Hospital Blood Transfusion Committees were held in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao.

People of PBCC

2018 Officers

President Gary U. Ong, MD
Vice President Mari Karr A. Esguerra, MD
Secretary Salvador P. Aydante Jr., RMT
Assistant Secretary Oscar Angelou V. Abellon, RMT
Treasurer Antonio F. Domasian, RMT
Assitant Treasurer Adoracion H. Sevilleja, RMT
Auditor Carmencita G. Parreño, RMT
PRO Remedios O. Ong, MD
Immediate Past President Aldrin L. Bigay, RMT, MPH

Executive Board Members

Darwin B. Blasco, RMT
Ma. Rizalina F. Chua, RMT
Marites B. Estrella, RN
Francis F. Dematera, MD
Josephine Jasmin A. Ong, RMT
Noel P. Pingoy, MD
Lurdel Y. Posadas, RMT
Fidel H. Tejada, RMT
Eleonor E. Torculas, RMT
Milagros M. Viacrucis, MD

Seminars / Workshops

Title Details
Blood Banking Procedures
Date May 4-6, 2018
Location    Cuidad Christhia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal
Registration Fee    Php 8,000.00
(inclusive of food and accommodation)
Registration already closed.
Total Quality Management
Date May 9-11, 2018
Location    Ridgewood Hotel, Baguio City
Registration Fee    Php 8,000.00
(inclusive of food and accommodation)
Deadline of Registration    May 3, 2018
Blood Banking Procedures
Date June 29 - July 1, 2018
Location    Cuidad Christhia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal
Registration Fee    Php 8,000.00
Registration already closed.
Donor Recruitment, Retention and Care (DRRC)
Date July 18-20, 2018
Location    Ramada Hotel, Binondo Manila
Registration Fee    Php 8,000.00
Register early. Limited slots available.
Blood Banking Procedures
Date July 27-29, 2018
Location    Cuidad Christhia Resort, San Mateo, Rizal
Registration Fee    Php 8,000.00
Download and fill out Registration Form then send it to:
FAX: (632)4235443
You can deposit your registration fees to BPI with the following account details.
PBCC Current Account No. 4251-0 061-35
BPI Philippine Heart Center Branch
Write your complete name, title, date of seminar on the deposit slip and send it together with your registration form.

Contact PBCC

Bld. 18, Lot 16-D, King Edward St., Kingspoint Subd.
Brgy. Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City
Telephone No.: (632)4235443
Mobile No: (0917)887 6015