Former Naga City mayor and currently Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo won the 2009 National Sandugo Award for Outstanding Local Government Executives. He received the award at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay, Manila last July 28.
City Councilor Nathan Sergio, the principal author of the Sandugo Ordinance of Naga otherwise known as City Ordinance No. 2009-002, who is also the executive director of the city’s blood program expressed elation over Robredo’s winning. Sergio attended the awarding ceremony.
Robredo, who is now the secretary for Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) is one of the few city mayors given the prestigious award. A lot of municipal mayors and barangay chairmen received the same recognition.
Sandugo is boosting the advocacy for voluntary blood donation. It started in 1994 when President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act 7719. The National Sandugo Awards for Local Government Executives is an initiative of Department of Health to recognize local government executives who give their full support to the National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP).
It aims to motivate governors, mayors and barangay captains to spearhead and be personally involved and committed to the NVBSP.
This year the Sandugo Awards banners the theme “New Blood for the World”.
Criteria for this year’s selection of winners are the following: Personal involvement and commitment in the NVBSP; Provision of resources in the promotion of voluntary blood donation; Being instrumental for the high percentage of voluntary blood donation in the jurisdiction which includes blood collected by government and private hospitals, PNRC blood center, local health services and NGOs;
Exemplary administrative actions in support of NVBSP such as issuances within the last three years at least one of the following: memorandum circular, Sanggunian resolution, ordinance, executive order, and memorandum of agreement.
The criteria also include: blood collected is at least one percent of the total population. Naga City was able to collect 1.36 percent blood from its 160,516 population based on the 2007 census. There were 17 mobile blood donation activities done since Jan. 1, 2009 up to Dec. 31, 2009.
Naga City Blood Program on its first year of implementation was able to issue nine pertinent documents such as memorandum circulars, resolutions, ordinance, executive orders and memorandum of agreements.
Mayor John Bongat announces his full support and commitment to the blood program of the city during an event attended by the officials of the Department of Health. – JAN REV DAVILA
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