Today (Wednesday), March 10, 2021, the social media giant Facebook, through a post published on its official Facebook PH page, announced that in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), its Blood Donations feature will now be available in the Philippines.
“Starting today, you can sign up to get notifications about donating blood in blood service facilities nearest to you. Facebook launched the Blood Donations feature in the Philippines in partnership with the Department of Health (Philippines) and the Philippine Red Cross,” Facebook PH stated in a post.
The Department of Health of the Philippines has also announced the news and through a Facebook post, the department also briefly explained how the new feature works.
According to DOH, the Blood Donation feature will be shown to Facebook users in the country, aged 18 to 65. With the feature, users can sign up to receive notifications about blood donations, and once signed up, they will see nearby donation opportunities within the Blood Donation hub on Facebook.
Those who would like to use the new feature may sign up, HERE. Below is the graphics posted by the DOH explaining how Facebook users in the Philippines can use the Blood Donations feature.
Furthermore, the Philippine News Agency (PNA), a newswire service of the Philippine government under the Presidential Communications Office (PCO), also reported that DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III has said the following with regards to the department’s partnership with Facebook:
“The pandemic underscored the importance of blood donations across the Philippines. Through our partnership with Facebook, we hope to reach more potential donors and build a stable and safe supply of blood that can save lives.”