THE secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, Gwendolyn Pang, has commended the Dagupan City blood coordinating council (CBCC) for actively carrying out its commitment as contained in the memorandum of agreement it signed in October 2012.
Pang stressed that the CBCC, the first coordinating council established in Pangasinan headed by Dagupan Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, will play a big role alongside PRC in encouraging more volunteers to donate blood.
“It was only a few months ago when we inducted the officers after Vice Mayor Fernandez volunteered to create the council and now they were already doing mobile blood donations”, Pang said during the kick- off activity of the CBCC last Thursday.
She noted that in contrast some blood coordinating councils around the country stil are not complying with the terms of their respective memorandum of agreement with PRC.
About 750, 000 units of blood were collected by the PRC from donors last year but the actual demand of the country is about 950, 000 units.
The CBCC was created through the initiative of Fernandez, who was elected chairman of the council in pursuant to Republic Act 7719 or the National Blood Services Act of 1994.
Fernandez, gave assurance that she will do her best “to help the PRC in providing blood services.
The blood coordinating council is composed of officials from the local government unit, media representative and representatives from the academe and non- government organizations.
Floramae Magalong, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Pangasinan chapter administrator, vowed that the CBCC will be an ally of the PRC in ensuring enough supply of blood units and in encouraging more volunteers to be part of Red Cross through different activities.
Mangalong said PRC-Pangasinan chapter needs 119 units of blood a day not only for the province but the entire Region 1 since Dagupan is considered the blood center of the region.—Dada Martin