THE Davao City Council approved in third and final reading last Tuesday an ordinance that promote and encourage voluntary blood donation in barangays.
“An ordinance institutionalizing a barangay voluntary blood donation program of the city of Davao” was passed to amend the ordinance No. 0336-10, otherwise known as “An ordinance to institutionalize barangay blood donor’s program”.
The new amended ordinance gives guidelines and promotion for the Barangay Voluntary Blood Donation Program (VBDP) which consists of awareness and advocacy, donor recruitment and education, care and retention, mobile blood donation activities and management of the barangay blood pool.
The ordinance states that the barangay shall be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of the VBDP, including but not limited to: donor recruitment, mobile blood donation, trainings and educational campaigns, as well as the following functions.
Through this ordinance, roles of Liga ng mga Barangay, blood service facilities like Philippine Red Cross and Davao Blood Center, and City Health Office in the VBDP have been defined.
The activities provided for the promotion of the Blood Donation Month include the declaration of Barangay Blood Donor’s month every month of July, public education, and voluntary blood donation activity that consist of donor recruitment and mobile blood donation activities, in partnership with PRC and DBC which will be strategically scheduled at least twice a year to ensure a continuous and accessible supply of blood.
To recognize donors, a donor recognition activity was mandated to be implemented by the barangay and the CHO.
The CHO in coordination with the Liga ng mga Barangay shall likewise recognize outstanding barangays according to predefined criteria as set by the Department of Health- National Voluntary Blood Services Program.
A new section of the amended ordinance states that the access of any person to the Barangay Blood Pool shall be determined by the Barangay Local Government Unit. The same shall set guidelines on the management of Barangay Blood Pool with the assistance of partner blood service facility. The guidelines must be duly approved by the City Health Office through the City Blood Program Coordinator.
Another new section, Section 9 states that the city shall set aside funds as seed money for the operation of the Barangay Blood Donor’s Program in the first year of implementation.
On the succeeding years of the implementation of the program, the Barangay shall allocate the source of the fund necessary for the Blood Donor’s Program from maintenance and other operating expenses or from Statutory Obligations under the five percent Disaster Risk and Management Fund, specifically from 70 percent of said fund for Disaster Preparedness Plan of the barangay’s annual general budget.