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.
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.
ALDRIN L. BIGAY, RMT, MPH
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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:
|President||Aldrin L. Bigay, RMT|
|Vice President||Mari Karr A. Esguerra, MD|
|Secretary||Salvador P. Aydante, Jr., RMT|
|Assistant Secretary||Lurdel Y. Posadas, RMT|
|Treasurer||Adoracion H. Sevilleja, RMT|
|Assitant Treasurer||Maria Mystica Flodalyn T. Bautista, MD|
|Auditor||Carmencita G. Parreño, RMT|
|PRO||Gary U. Ong, MD|
|Immediate Past President||Antonio F. Domasian, RMT|
|Oscar Angelou V. Abellon, RMT|
|Darwin B. Blasco, RMT|
|Perlita I. Dela Cruz, RMT|
|Alfie D. Mijaro, RMT|
|Josephine Jasmin A. Ong, RMT|
|Remedios O. Ong, MD|
|Noel P. Pingoy, MD|
|Fidel H. Tejada, RMT|
|Milagros M. Viacrucis, MD|
|Donor Recruitment, Retention and Care||
|Blood Banking Procedures||
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PHILIPPINE BLOOD COORDINATING COUNCIL
PBCC Current Account No. 4251-0 061-35
BPI Philippine Heart Center Branch
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