Island Garden City of Samal, October 24, 2014 - Davao del Norte Sangguniang Panlalawigan Committee on Ways and Means and Games and Amusement Chair Alfredo D. De Veyra together with the Provincial Economic Enterprise Development Office Department Head Ma. Eliza L. Andin and team led the public hearing on the new blood bank rates at Barangay Villarica Gym, Babak District on October 21.
The public hearing aimed to present the proposed provincial ordinance amending the provincial ordinance no. 2005-004, prescribing the laboratory and blood bank rates as prescribed by section 35, chapter VII, Administrative Order no. 9 series of 1995, on rules and regulations implementing R.A. no. 7719.
Blood Bank Division Head Teresita D. Abada gave a clear and comprehensive presentation on the remarkable milestones achieved by the blood bank program from its humble beginnings and becoming the leading bloodbank in Mindanao.
Abada said that in the proposed ordinance, blood donors could readily avail their needed blood for free while non-donors borrowing from the blood pool will be paying the blood processing fee of P1,000 for the fresh whole blood, P850 for the packed red blood cell, P450 for platelet concentrate and P400 for the fresh frozen plasma. On the other hand, non-donors and non-borrowers, walk-in donors with patient and non-residents of Davao del Norte availing blood from the blood pool will be paying higher blood processing fee to be availed in any government of private hospitals compared to that of the donors.
During the open forum, some of the participants expressed difficulty of Samal Island donors or users to avail the blood from Tagum blood station considering its distance to Samal Island that could incur more expenses in transportation and time, however, Abada emphasized the importance of ensuring safe and quality blood and to observe proper handling and transporting of the blood unit.
To facilitate the availability of needed blood, she assured that blood can be availed in Davao del Norte Hospital Samal Zone only if the patient is admitted in the hospital but buying the blood and transporting it to other hospital is a big No for the protection of the patient and added that maybe in the near future DdN Hospital Samal Zone would be capable to establish a blood bank of its own.
The Sangguniang Panlungsod and PEEDO Team were grateful to the support and cooperation of the local government, barangays, volunteers particularly the blood donors in supporting the program and asked continuous support for its sustainability and blood sufficiency in the province. (MTA Samal cio)