DOST Siquijor turned over a check worth PhP398,000.00 to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Siquijor Sub-Chapter as a Grant-in-Aid Project.
The turnover ceremony was held at the headquarters of the PRC Siquijor Sub-chapter and witnessed by its officials and staff. PRC Siquijor Administrator Rowena L. Maputi received the check from DOST Siquijor PSTD Engr. Mario de la Peña. Hon. Jorge G. Lim, member of the PRC Board of Governors; Mrs. Gladys F. Estrellada, Chairperson of the PRC Siquijor Board of Directors; and Gov. Zaldy S. Villa, Chairperson of the Provincial Blood Council were also among those present.
The PRC here in Siquijor became a recipient of a GIA Project intended to enhance its capability to respond in times of disaster particularly in the provision of safe and reliable source of blood.
In an interview, Administrator Maputi expressed her gratitude to DOST for the funded GIA Project. She said that the project will be beneficial for the whole province as this will help fund the needed equipment to be procurred and installed at local the Blood Service Facility. “Last year, PRC Siquijor collected more than 800 bags of blood from donors here in the province and have them transported to PRC Negros Oriental for storage. However only a handful of them returned to Siquijor for use”, she said.
On the other hand, Engr. de la Peña said that the approval of the project is timely as this will help equip the Blood Service Facility (BSF) managed by the Philippine Red Cross Siquijor-Sub Chapter and supported by the Provincial Blood Council of Siquijor. “Based on the approved line item budget, the amount received will be used to purchase blood bank refrigerator, blood bag sealer and blood bag stripper”, he said. Engr. de la Peña further stressed that it is high time that Siquijor will have its own BSF that is equipped, manned and functional.
PSTD de la Peña also noted that this type of GIA Project is the first of its kind in the province and if not mistaken, the first of its kind in the region.
To note, DOST Siquijor has been engaging with partner agencies, the academe and private organizations in the pursuit of science and technology through the GIA Program in the fields of disaster risk reduction and management, education, health, among others.
By Engr. Reinhold Jek Y. Abing, Science Research Analyst/Information Officer-designate, DOST Siquijor PSTC