GERONA, Tarlac (Oct. 17, 2023) — The local government here expects to meet their blood donations before the end of the year.
This was the assessment made by Mayor Eloy Eclar as the town had another bloodletting activity yesterday.
LGUs are mandated to donate bags of blood equivalent to 1% of its population.
“We have a population of 94,485 so our target is 940 bags. We might need another bloodletting activity in December to meet our quota,” the Local Chief Executive said.
According to Eclar, his government partners with private companies, BHWs, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine National Police, among others, to help meet their blood donation targets.
The bloodletting campaign was spearheaded by the local government, in cooperation with the media group Prime Alliance of Publishers, Editors, and Reporters (PAPER.Ph) and the Central Luzon Regional Blood Center.
“This is our small way of raising awareness about blood donation. PAPER.Ph media members can help improve educational campaigns about blood donation — specifically those about eligibility criteria—to increase awareness, bridge gaps in knowledge, and translate knowledge into practice,” PAPER.Ph Tarlac Chapter President Ronjie Daquigan said.
According to the Red Cross, blood donation practice in the Philippines is low despite numerous efforts to recruit potential donors and increase blood supply.