PH eyes Guinness record on organ donation sign-up

Posted at 02/19/14 3:47 PM

MANILA - The Department of Health (DOH) is eyeing to beat India and set a new Guinness World Record for the most number of people to sign up for organ donations.

The attempt to set a new world record will be made on February 28 at the following six sign-up sites: Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in Sta. Mesa, Manila; Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City; RTMC Hospital in San Fernando City, La Union; L. Mamba Gym in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan; JMR Coliseum in Naga City, Camarines Sur; and Almendras Gym in Davao City, Davao del Sur.

According to Dr. Antonio Paraiso, program manager of the DOH's Philippine Network for Organ Sharing, organ donation and transplantation have long been in place in the Philippines.

However, many people still find these unacceptable due to lack of understanding and awareness about its processes and consequences, he said.

Paraiso said they are now not only aiming to beat India in the Guinness records but also promote organ donation in the country.

India holds the record of having 2,755 pledged organ donors in a period of one hour in one site, and a total of 10,450 pledged organ donors in a period of eight hours also in one site.

Those who are interested in signing up as an organ donor may also check the Facebook page of "I'm a LifeLine," which is handled by the DOH. -- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM