BARANGAYS in Davao City may soon be required to hold annual blood-letting activities following the approval by the City Council of an ordinance institutionalizing a blood donor program at the barangay level.

This mark ordinance was authored by Councilor Pilar Braga and co-authored by Councilor Paolo Duterte, City Council Committee on barangay affairs chairman.

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Once approved by City Mayor Rodrido Duterte, the ordinance shall mandate barangays to hold annual blood-letting activities within the month of July, which has been declared as Barangay Blood Donors Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1021.

Proclamation 1021 is the National Blood Services Act of 1994.

The ordinance identified the Philippine National Red Cross Davao City chapter as the one to receive the blood gathered. It also authorized PNRC-Davao to collect service fees that will not exceed the amount specified by the Department of Health (DOH).

In the roles provided by the ordinances, the barangay will be the one to take care of physical arrangements for blood-letting activities, as led by the Barangay Council for the Committee on Health or any similar committee.

The PNRC is identified as the lead agency (along with the barangay) in conducting the blood-letting activities and the education component of the Barangay Blood Donor Program.

The PNRC may request the assistance of the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council, while the City health Office will be assisting the barangays in their blood-letting activities.

The ordinance was crafted in recognition of the fact that "only three to four percent of Filipinos regularly donate blood while the country's annual blood requirement is about 700,000 to 750,000 blood units or a daily collection of 2,232 blood units."

"Southern Mindanao, including Davao City, despite being declared as No. 1 last year for the most number of blood donations, still lacks 4,000 units less than the ideal mark; this means the region still needs more voluntary blood donors," the ordinance states.

PNRC-Davao data shows there are 31 units available per day from collected blood donations as against the daily demand of 83 units in the city.