DAVAO DE ORO — Davao de Oro heaps once again with awards as the province along with its eleven municipalities receive the 2020 Sandugo Awards from the Department of Health-Region 11 (DOH-XI) on the 14th day of January 2021. Moving for more than a decade in full support of the National Voluntary Blood Service Program (NVBSP) which promotes and ensures the maintenance of a safe and adequate blood supply in the country, the province has been a constant Sandugo awardee since 2009.
Done in accordance with Republic Act 7719 or the National Blood Services Act of 1994, the Sandugo Award is the highest award given to local officials supporting the voluntary blood donation program. In order to receive this award, a locality need only exceed the 1% blood donation rate mark as set by the DOH.
Placing among the highest blood collection rates in the country, the province of Davao de Oro recently resulted with a blood donation rate of 2.30% with a retention rate of 54.70%. This is a feat in comparison with the 2018 national blood donation rate which only sported as much as 1%. This was made possible with the barangays of Anislagan, Concepcion, Dumlan, Langgam, Lapulapu, Libay-libay, Panangan, Poblacion, and Sangab in the municipality of Maco; Inambatan in the municipality of Monkayo; Bawani in the municipality of Mawab; Mangayon, Osmeña, San Miguel, and Tamia in the municipality of Compostela; Bantacan, Batinao, and Katipunan in the municipality of New Bataan; Antequera, Basak, Cabacunga, Cabidianan, Magsaysay, Matilo, New Dauis, Ogao, San Isidro, and San Vicente in the municipality of Nabunturan; Lahi, Mapawa, New Albay, New Katipunan, and Tupas in the municipality of Maragusan; and finally, barangay Tapia in the municipality of Montevista, all of which were recognized by DOH-XI as Super Achiever barangays while receiving also the Sandugo award. In addition, another 96 barangays in the province were also recognized as achievers not only for exceeding the 1% mark, but also for their continued support and strong volunteerism.
The Sandugo Awards along with the National Digital Governance and National Kabalikat awards that Davao de Oro received in the past year makes yet another mark in the province’s ladder of victory and shows the bayani blood that every dabawenyo carries in their veins. Mabuhay, Davao de Oro!