• Bishops support organ donation as ‘act of charity’

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    Despite the condemnation of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to the organ trafficking said to be commonplace in the country, an official of the Catholic Church backed the government’s campaign supporting massive organ donation.

    Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros said that the Church is a supportive institution to organ donation, which he cited it as an “altruistic motive” of the government in helping patients with end-stage diseases.

    “It [organ donation]is okay with the Church,” Oliveros said.

    Oliveros noted that organ donation can be considered as an act of charity, citing that what is prohibited is the selling of body organs.

    In a CBCP statement in 2008, Church officials urged the government to continue its effort toward “holistic” organ gathering and distribution.

    The CBCP said that organ trading is “morally unacceptable” and “contrary to the dignity of the human person” to peddle organs taken from living persons.

    On Friday, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) together with the Department of Health and the Philippine Information Agency attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the “Most People to Sign Up as Organ Donor.”

    The attempt was conducted simultaneously in six sites in the Philippines, namely Zone 1 in San Fernando La Union; Zone 2 in Naga, City (Bicol Medical Center); Zone 3 in Tuguegarao City; Zone 4 in Davao City; Zone 5 in Metro Manila (PUP); and Zone 6 in Quezon City.

    The organizers were able to beat the one-hour single-site registration record of Prakash Gurjar and Madadgar Parivar in Ahmedabad, Gudjarat, India on September 17 and the single-site registration set by Indian National Students Organization in Sir Chhotu Ram Stadium, Rohtak, Haryana, India on December 1, 2013.

    The original record holder was able to get a total of 2,755 registrants, which means that the Philippines was able to beat the record, after the organizers were able to achieve a total of 3,548 registrants on the first hour single-site registration.

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