The Eye Bank Foundation of the Philippines (EBFP), Inc. was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 17, 1994 as a non-stock, non-profit, non-government, humanitarian organization. It owns and operates a medical eye bank named the Sta. Lucia International Eye Bank of Manila (SLIEB) established on October 16, 1995. The SLIEB is a state-of-the-art eye banking facility dedicated to the collection, processing, evaluation, storage and equitable distribution of high quality cornea and/or eye tissues for transplant, research and education. It is committed to the mission of bringing the gift of sight to the blind individuals through corneal transplants, regardless of age, gender, race and religion or financial status. As part of its humanitarian effort to bring sight to the blind individuals, the Eyebank makes quality corneas and sclera available totally free of charge to charity patients who cannot afford the cost of securing quality eye tissues. The Eyebank processes over a thousand eye tissues a year and distributes these throughout the country. It is a full member of the prestigious eye banking network known as the International Federation of Eye Banks. Its main office is located in 2nd Floor, Sentro Oftalmologico Jose Rizal Bldg., UP-PGH, Taft Avenue, Manila. The foundation has 19 regular staff, 4 project-based staff, 3 probationary staff and 11 members of the Board of Trustees.
It was first granted a 5-year certification for donee institution status on June 04, 2002 which ended on June 03, 2007. On its first renewal, it was granted a 3-year certification on November 28, 2007 which ended on November 27, 2010. Its second renewal was granted a 3-year certification on November 11, 2011 which ended on April 01, 2014. Its third renewal was certified for 5 years on May 20, 2014 and which ended on April 2, 2019.
Its purposes, among others, are “to be a recognized leader in international eye banking and sight restoration; committed to transforming lives through restoring sights and setting the highest international standards in eye banking; to increase the number of eye and corneal donations in the Philippines through public education, advocacy campaigns and cooperation with various individuals, groups and government institutions; to bring the level of eye and cornea donation where the present and future needs for corneal transplantation can be fully met; and to improve the quality of corneal transplant surgery in the Philippines to give our blind countrymen the best chance for sight.”