National Voluntary Blood Services Program

Philippine Blood Center

Every day, 15,000 blood donations are needed for operations, for the treatment of serious diseases such as cancer, and to care for accident victims. Already 2 million people donate blood regularly in Philippines. This commitment must be secured in the long term.

In the next few years, population trends will mean that many current donors, some of whom have donated blood for decades to help others, will no longer be able to donate due to their age (age limit 68). Already today, the average age of donors in many facilities is over 50. The short shelf life of blood reserves also means that capacity bottlenecks occur time and again.

Against this background, the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) is providing support with measures under the National Voluntary Blood Services Program. The central aim of the measures is to recruit young adults in particular as new donors and to motivate them to donate blood. The basis for the DOH’s work in the field of blood and plasma donation is the Transfusion Act, which gives the DOH, along with the agencies responsible under state law, the legal mandate to inform and motivate people to donate blood and plasma. The aim of is to support the donation facilities in Philippines in their mandate to supply the population.