Baybay City Local Blood Council: Its humble beginning

This picture was taken during the organizational meeting of the Baybay City Local Blood Council on February 17, 2018.

Baybay City Local Blood Council: Its humble beginning

The Baybay City Local Blood Council (BCLBC) was organized on February 17, 2018, with Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari as the Honorary Chairman, in response to the need for blood, most especially by the indigent populace of the city.

The following are the officers and members of the Baybay City Local Blood Council (BCLBC).

Honorary Chairman     Hon. Carmen L. Cari – City Mayor

Chairman                      Dr. Norberto P. Oja – City Health Officer

Vice Chairman              SK Juanito V. Quero – Knights of Columbus

Secretary                      Dr. Cecillie Milan – City Health Office

Assistant Secretary      Marissa M. Cano – City Information Office

Treasurer                      Mr. Rochelle O. Batucan – Crystal Lions Club

Auditor                          Hon. Mandy G. Muñez – President, Liga ng mga



Members             Hon. Vicente Veloso – City Councilor

Hon. Ernesto M. Butawan – City Councilor

Mr. Deogracias E. Pernitez – City Administrator

Dr. Honorato C. Jervoso Jr. – COH, WLPH

Dr. Carmela R. Tamayo – City Schools Division


Dr. Edgaro E. Tulin – VSU President

Sr. M. Grace Gerong, OSF – Directress, FCIC

Rev. Fr. Stanley Mepico – Parish Priest, Immaculate

Concepcion Parish

P/SUPT RAMIL N. AMODIA – COP, Baybay City Police Station


Mr. Clemel C. Yu – Red Cross Ormoc

Mr. Rolando Gorgornio – EVRMC Blood Center/Blood Bank

Ms. Loreta G. Malabanan – CSWDO

Dr. Josephine O. Zafico – VSU Hospital

Ms. Suzette Arcillas – DOH DMO

Mr. Rosendo Chiong III – CHO VBD Coordinator

Mr. Jose Robles – Baybay City Chamber of Commerce and


Ms. Porferia B. Polo – BCMDDC Administrator


In an interview with Mayor Cari, she said that she had been longing to establish a Blood Bank in the City of Baybay.  She said that, “As of now, whenever we conduct a bloodletting activity, the Red Cross brings all the blood to be kept in their Blood Bank in Ormoc City.  Then, whenever we need blood for our patients, we still must travel to Ormoc City and sometimes our request is denied because they do not have the blood type that we need. But if our plan to establish a Blood Bank is realized, we will be able to serve not only the Baybayanons but also the patients from the 5th District of Leyte.”

However, since the budget requirement for establishing and running a Blood Bank is quite high, the members of the BCLBC agreed to establish a Blood Collecting Unit (BCU) instead of a Blood Bank. As a matter of fact, Dr. Norberto Oja, the BCLBC Chairman, with some members of the council went to the Catarman Provincial Hospital in Catarman, Northern Samar on March 12, 2018 to learn from their good practices.

Ms. Jeane T. Pelayo, the Coordinator of the National Voluntary Blood Services Program of the Catarman Provincial Hospital, discussed about their accomplishments and how they were able to put up their Blood Bank.

It could be recalled that Republic Act No. 7719, also known as the National Blood Services Act of 1994, promotes voluntary blood donation to provide sufficient supply of safe blood and to regulate blood banks. This act aims to inculcate public awareness that blood donation is a humanitarian act.

Thus, one of the major activities of the Baybay City Local Blood Council is the conduct of the Quarterly Bloodletting Activity as follows:

1st Quarter Bloodletting Activity February 21, 2018 Baybay City Gym Baybay City LGU Employees

Knights of Columbus (full force)

Fitness Groups (BYCA, BCR and Scrambled Legs)

Poblacion Barangays

Walk-in Clients

2nd Quarter Bloodletting Activity May 2018 Baybay City Gym Academe (FCIC, Acedilla, and Palermo)

Baybay City Division

South District Barangays

Walk-in Clients

3rd Quarter Bloodletting Activity August VSU Convention Hall VSU faculty, staff and students

Business Group

North District Barangays

Walk-in Clients

4th Quarter Bloodletting Activity November

(1st week)

Baybay City Gym Uniformed Personnel (PNP, PA, BFP, PCG, etc.)

Walk-in Clients


In relation to this, the Baybay City Local Blood Council calls on the Baybayanons and other interested persons to awaken the spirit of volunteerism and to donate blood to save life.  (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Officer III)