Members of the Committee on Health chaired by Councilor Manuel Sagarbarria deliberated on the proposed ordinance by Vice-Mayor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino that will institutionalize voluntary blood donation as an alternative to payment of administrative fines for violations of city ordinances provided that the violator is deemed medically qualified and physically fit to donate blood.
The proposed ordinance provides that if the violator elects to donate blood to settle his administrative fines ranging from P 500 to P 1, 500, he or she has 7 days to do so and must undergo examination by either the Philippine National Red Cross or the City Health Office to ascertain if said violator qualifies to donate blood not exceeding 500 cc per person.
Also discussed during last Friday’s meeting was the need to establish a blood bank information center, which requires an appropriation of P 1 million, as the repository of all details regarding donors and other relevant data that maybe accessible to different hospitals to prevent the illegal, often overpriced, selling of blood in the black market.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Red Cross commended the Liga ng mga Barangay of Dumaguete City led by its President Dionie Amores for the initiative of establishing the first community-based blood donation program in Negros Oriental that has saved countless lives including those who are most needy.
Among the other participants of the meeting were Councilor Lilani Ramon, Dr. Henry Sojor, Ely Dejaresco, Michelle Maquiling of the Philippine National Red Cross, SK President Renz Macion, Loreyly Ignacio of the City Health Office, City Budget Officer Antonieta General and TMO Chief Gilbert Ablong.
The proposed ordinance co-authored by Councilors Sagarbarria, Michael Bandal, Lilani Ramon, Edgar Lentorio Jr., Manuel Patrimonio, Agustin Miguel Perdices, Bernice Anne Elmaco and Dionie Amores will be presented for 2nd reading to the City Council.