Update: 17,816 registered as ‘Lifeline’ organ donors in 6 registration sites in PHL in 8 hours

March 1, 2014 10:12 am 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Feb. 28 (PNA) — A total of 17,816 Filipinos registered as organ donors in six registration sites around the country in a span of eight hours that began from 8 a.m. Friday under the "I'm A Lifeline" organ donation campaign.

This was reported by Dr. Antonio Paraiso, program manager of the Department of Health’s Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PhilNOS) after the registration period at the six sites ended at 5 p.m. today.

The campaign is a combined undertaking of the DOH, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) of Malacanang's Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) under Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr.

According to Dr. Paraiso, although the campaign did not actually break the target to beat India’s record of 10,450 registrants for eight hours in a single-site category, the total number of Philippine registrants of 17,816 in six different sites exceeded that of India.

Paraiso said the six registration centers nationwide were located at the PUP in Sta. Mesa, Manila; Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City; San Fernando City, La Union; Bicol Medical Center in Naga City, Camarines Sur; Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao; and Mamba Gymnasium in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

He added that based on the collective reports from the six sites, a total of 10,120 "Lifeline" organ donors registered in just one hour when the registration countdown began simultaneously at 9 a.m. and ended at 10 a.m.

Of this total, 3,548 individuals registered at the PUP site which had broken India’s world record of 2,755 biggest number of registrants in the one-hour, single-site category.

Dr. Paraiso said they will submit the three entries (17,816 registrants in eight hours in six sites nationwide, 10,120 organ donors registered in just one hour in six sites, and 3,548 organ donation pledges in one-hour in a single site) to the Guinness Book of World Records within 10 days together with all the requirements for validation.

The nationwide registration was done to support the DOH-PUP-PIA awareness campaign to encourage Filipinos to get involved in pro-life activity by pledging to donate their organ/s for patients needing them in the event that they (the donors) will be officially declared clinically brain dead in a hospital.

Those who registered as "Lifeline" organ donors will serve as a life-saver for those needing donation of organs such as kidney, heart, cornea and others that can promote “life continuity” as another life will continue with the organ donated to a patient.

The registrants will receive identification cards bearing their commitment to be a "Lifeline" organ donor.(PNA)

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