A total of fifteen (15) local government units (LGUs) in Ilocos region today was awarded for having the highest number of blood units donated during the Blood Donors Month and Awarding Ceremonies held in San Fernando City, La Union.
Department of Health (DOH) Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco extended her appreciation for the awardees saying, “it takes great commitment to voluntarily share the gift of life. Thank you for your generosity and kind spirit, you saved countless of life through your simple act of kindness.”
Among the top awarded LGUs in the region were Tagudin, Ilocos Sur who recorded the highest number of blood units collected from January 2019 to July 2022 with 3,438 followed by Balaoan, La Union with 1,580 blood units. Candon City, Ilocos Sur donated 1,055 and San Fernando City, La Union (Liga ng mga Barangay) with 980.
Other LGUs in La union which were given recognition and participated during the mobile blood donation campaign conducted by the Ilocos Training and Medical Center and DOH-Regional Blood Center were San Gabriel with 861 blood units donated, Bangar with 807, Baguilian -768, Bauang – 754, Sudipen – 692, Luna – 665, Tubao – 610 and Suyo in Ilocos Sur with 600.
The LGUs of Bacnotan, San Juan and Caba has also contributed 537, 511 and 508 blood units, respectively.
Sydiongco also reported a total of 37,116 blood units collected during the first and quarter of this year. “We have exceeded our 1% target to 1.41% during the second quarter by collecting 18.835 blood units and we have done this significant achievement with the essential support of our donors.”
Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center Chief Eduardo M. Badua III also expressed his gratitude to the blood donors for their continuous involvement and support to ensure the sufficient supply of blood products in the region.
A memorandum of agreement was also signed by various regional government agencies including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Coast Guard and Bureau of Fire Protection and Department of Health to continuously provide support to the national blood program by providing blood services and blood products.
The awarding ceremony was led by Department of Health (DOH) Ilocos Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco, Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center Chief Eduardo M. Badua III and Regional Blood Program (RBP) Coordinator Mauro A. Marzan. (Glen S. Ramos)