July is National Blood Donor's Month, blood is most precious gift

As the country observes National Blood Donor’s Month this July, the Department of Health (DOH) encourages the public to donate blood regularly to save the lives of those who need it during critical times.
“We need to maintain a safe, quality, and accessible blood supply,” said Health Secretary Enrique Ona, “and to do that more people are needed to donate blood.”

July has been designated National Blood Donor’s Month pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 1021 in 1997. This year’s theme, “More Blood. More Life” emphasizes the need for more people all over the country to become lifesavers by voluntarily donating blood regularly.

“Giving blood is giving the most precious gift to another person: the gift that will extend the life of the sick while at the same time, re-invigorate the giver. We do not lose blood when we give because as we donate blood, we re-fill our bodies with new and fresher blood,” Ona said.

This year’s observance will be held in Antipolo City, where Rizal Governor Casimiro Ynares and Antipolo City Mayor Danilo Leyble expressed their full support to the Program. The highlight of the activity is the Human Blood Formation (the first in the Asia-Pacific region) wherein the local chief executives and other stakeholders will line up in formation of the shape of a blood droplet, signifying partnership with local government units to bring closer to the people the meaning and importance of voluntary blood donation.

Led by the DOH, this year’s observance is supported by the World Health Organization, the Department of Education, the Philippine Red Cross, the Philippine Blood Coordinating Council, local government units, the local Blood Councils, the Blood Galloners Club, the Philippine Association of National Advertisers, the Philippine Obsetrical & Gynecological Society Foundation, the Voluntary Blood Donors Association, various hospitals, academe, and other stakeholders.