2,116 PRO1 cops sign up as organ donor registrants

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union- Around 2,116 PRO1 policemen signed up as organ donor registrants  in support of the “lifeline” campaign of the Department of Health on February 28.

Police Senior Supt. Moro Virgilio M. Lazo said the registration of organ donors was held at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) here simultaneously with six other registration sites  nationwide from 8:00 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Lazo said personnel from the different police units in the region participated in the simultaneous registration as organ donor in a bid to land in the Guinness Book of World Records for the highest number of organ donor registrants.

He said 30 policemen came from the Ilocos Norte Police Provincial Office (INPPO); 50 from Ilocos Sur PPO; 415 from La Union PPO; 499 from Pangasinan PPO; 250 from Regional Public Safety Battalion 1 (RPSB1); 537 from Regional Training Center 1 (RTC1), and 335 from PRO1 Regional Headquarters and Regional Support Units (RSUs).

“We are happy to participate in this activity, and we are extending our utmost help in providing registrants and in security as well.  It is also our initiative to open the PRO1 Parade Ground as parking area for all participants to lessen the traffic congestion inside the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center (ITRMC) and along the national highway,” PSSupt. Lazo said.

Lazo added that security plans, traffic rerouting schemes and other precautionary measures have been drawn to ensure the success of the eight-hour registration.

The Lifeline campaign is a joint advocacy of the Department of Health’s Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PhilNOS) and National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) together with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) to increase public awareness on organ donation to extend one’s life, aside from its objective of beating India in the Guinness World Record.

India holds the world records for the highest number of organ donor registrants in 8 hours at a single site (10,450 recorded on December 1, 2013) and in one hour at single site (2,755 recorded on September 17, 2013).#