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Press Release/04 September 2018

“Our objective is to make all blood products free, readily available, everybody knows where to get them and to establish a system where no one will ever complain because of the need for blood,” this was the statement by DOH-CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo during the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) Stakeholders Forum held at the H2O Hotel in Luneta, Manila on August 30-31, 2018.

 “We will establish a service delivery network for acquiring blood products for CALABARZON. Through this system, a person will know where to get the type of blood that he/she needs, there will be a proper transportation of blood products from the facility to the location of the person needing blood, and there will be a continuous supply of blood products at all times,” Janairo explained.

“There should be no queuing and looking for someone to donate blood as replacement for the blood needed for transfusion. The patient might already be dead before the relatives can find a suitable blood donor. These scenarios must be avoided because burdens patients.
 
CALABARZON has three blood centers, 14 blood banks with hospital based functions (L1, L2, L3), 4 non-hospital based blood collecting units (BCU)/blood station (BS), 23 hospital based L1 blood station and 56 hospital based L1 & L2 blood station.
 
According to CALABARZON-NVBSP, there are a total of 144,098 whole blood collected from the target of 146,593 with a 98% accomplishment in 2017.
 
From January 1 – June 30, 2018 (partial report), there are a total of 69,070 number of units collected. Laguna has the highest number of units collected with 20,037; Batangas with 17,134; Cavite with 14,137 units; Rizal – 10,199; and Quezon with 7,563 whole blood units.
 
Janairo also added that the region will work for processing fees to be subsidized by the government. “We will exert efforts to make this system work by next year and hoping that all regions will follow suit.”
 
“We will continue to support all community activities to make blood available for generations to come. We must strengthen and unify our efforts to make this endeavor possible. Blood should be shared. It is a humanitarian thing and it should not be paid for because it is free!”, he concluded.
 
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DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo gives out details on hi plan to make blood products for free without any cost to the patient during the NVBSP Stakeholders meeting which was attended by regional representatives from the Red Cross and various blood programs and hospitals of the region held at H2O Hotel, Luneta, Manila on August 30-31, 2018 
 
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NVBSP Regional Coordinator Myla Velgado presents the regional accomplishment report to guests and participants of the NVBSP Regional Stakeholders Meeting held at H2O Hotel, Luneta, Manila on August 30-31, 2018