On May 7, Quezon City, through its City Health Department, will launch the "Type ng Bayan" project, which has a two-fold aim: support the national blood donation campaign and build a city blood typing database.

The formal launch will be in the QCX Building within the Quezon Memorial Circle presided over by QC health officials, according to Manila Bulletin.

The ‘Type ng Bayan’ is a project of the Cabinet Spouses Foundation, Inc, jointly with the Department of Health (DOH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Philippine Association of Medical Technologies (PAMET), and Philanthropist Ricky Reyes.

The project launch is expected to draw around 5,000 participants to line up and register for blood typing, and about 500 participants to donate blood.

QC health officials likewise asked hospitals such as the Quezon City General Hospital and the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center (AFPMC) to participate in the event.

Previously, the "Type ng Bayan was implemented in Paranaque, and about 3,000 residents turned up for blood typing and donation.

Launched in February, the Type ng Bayan was conceptualized to create a national database of blood types, and encourage blood donation, especially to assist the poor in villages and municipalities who are unaware of their blood type.

A blood type database will facilitate easy identification of potential blood donors outside family members, especially during times of emergency.

Under the programme, a participant will be given an identification card which contains basic information and a list of five other persons with the same blood type who are closest to his/her home.

According to a DILG press release, the target is for each village nationwide to have at least 400-500 participants listed in the blood database.

Secretary of Health Paulyn Ubial, during the launch, hoped the initiative will assist the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) in reaching its goal of 950,000 blood bags a year. MIMS

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