The Provincial Government of Ilocos Sur marked its partnership with humanitarian Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines (Eye Bank) this 09 March 2023 at the Provincial Farmers Livelihood Development Center.
The PGIS and the Eye Bank formalized their partnership with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) by Governor Jerry Singson and Dr. Bernardita Navarro, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer in the presence of Dr. Ma. Dominga Padilla, Founding President Chair, Ambassador-At-Large Eye Bank Foundation and Dr. Trina Talaga, Provincial Health Officer.
Through the agreement, trained personnel are allowed to retrieve eyes or corneas in Gabriela Silang where specific area of collection will be installed with the consent from patients or their next of kin.
The Eye Bank is the only state-of-the-art eye banking facility in the country that evaluates and distributes donated eye tissue and corneas for use in transplantation, research, and education.