By Freddie Velez
CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan — The Province of Bulacan takes pride as the first-ever province in the country to come up with a Provincial Blood Services Network Guideline manual.
During its launch held recently at The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center in this city, the Provincial Government of Bulacan represented by Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and the Department of Health-R3 represented by its Regional Director Cesar C. Cassion signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with regard to the manual.
DOH 3 Assistant Regional Director Dr. Ruben Siapno congratulated the province for establishing the Bulacan Blood Service Network Guidelines in support to the implementation of Department Circular 2010-0013 or the“Operational Guidelines for Blood Service Network in Support to the Implementation of the National Blood Services Program for Blood Safety and Adequacy, Quality Care, and Patient Safety” and Regional Memorandum Circular2016-011 or the “Regional Blood Services Network Guidelines to Significantly Improve Delivery of Blood Services in Region 3”.
“The Province of Bulacan has always been our great partner and supporter in achieving safe and adequate blood supply for the people of Central Luzon. The province which consistently championed the most number of total blood collections in Central Luzon. The home of Sandugo awardees and blood galloners mirroring the efficient and effective implementation of your Provincial Voluntary Blood Services program and now the launching of the Bulacan Provincial Blood Service Network Guidelines once again confirmed your serious intention to provide safe and adequate supply of blood to your citizens,” Siapno added.
Meanwhile, Vice Governor Daniel R. Fernando encouraged Bulakenyosto continuously donate blood to respond to the high demand of blood of their fellowBulakenyos.
“Marami po ang nangangailangan ng dugo, marami ang nangangailanganng buhay, marami ang gusto pang mabuhay kaya marami po tayong maisasalbangbuhay basta’t kailangan lamang po natin ay pagkakaisa. Bawat patak ng dugo aymahalaga. Walang dapat masayang ni isa man,” Fernando said.
The Bulacan Blood Services Network (BBSN) Guidelines aim toestablish an equitable scheme of distribution and collection of blood;establish an efficient referral system amongblood service facilities in theprovincial blood service network; clearly define the roles and functions indifferent blood service facilities, local government units (LGU), and othermembers of the community in the blood service network; establish scheme fordata reporting and collection as well as information sharing among bloodservice facilities; andadvocate the conduct of regular community-based mobileblood donation instead of replacement donors for blood safety, adequacy andefficiency among blood service facilities.