Zamboanga’s 2019 top 10 ‘bloodiest’ villages awarded

Posted on Sep 20, 2019
ZAMBOANGA CITY: For initiating the most number of blood donations covering July 2018 to August 2019, the highest 10 “bloodiest” barangay (villages) in this highly urbanized city were awarded with a Plaque of Recognition by the city’s Blood Council in coordination with the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City and the local government unit (LGU).City Blood Council program coordinator Maria Christine Lim said the council got the list of the “Top 10 bloodiest villages” from the Zamboanga City Medical Center and Philippine Red Cross, which had secured the number of blood donors from officials of the city’s 98 villages.


Lim identified the awardee-barangays as Pasonanca which collected 636 units of blood; Santa Maria, 532 units; Baliwasan, 496 units; Tetuan, 439 units; Guiwan, 232 units; Ayala, 219 units; Divisoria, 200 units; Talon-Talon, 186 units; Cabatsngan,172 units; and Labuan, 168 units. The recipient villages, represented by their respective barangay chairmen, received their awards from Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Kibtiya Uddin and Dr. Armando Lorenzo, president of the Rotary Club of Zamboanga.

According to Lim, the reward aims at giving “due recognition to the untiring efforts of barangay officials in helping alleviate the plight of their constituents in the area of health” even as it also encourages and motivates other communities that are not yet conducting blood donation activities. The Zamboanga City Blood Council, headed by reelected Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, was created by City Ordinance 336, which was enacted on July 24, 2008 and approved on August 8 in the same year. The ordinance, Lim said, sought “to institutionalize the provisions of National Blood Services Act of 1994 designed to promote voluntary blood donation, to provide adequate supply of safe blood and to fully implement Department of the Interior and Local Government Circular No. 96-6 mandating the integration of the voluntary blood donation services and program into the local financial work plan and budget as an added function of the LGU’s health board.”