Red Cross, Provincial Gov’t Recognize Blood Donor’s Continued Support

DAVAO ORIENTAL—The Philippine Red Cross-Davao Oriental Chapter (PRC-DavOr) in partnership with the Provincial Government of this province have conferred awards to various officials and agencies for their continued support to PRC-DavOr’s Blood Program.

Among the LGUs included in the list of awardees are the City of Mati and the towns of San Isidro, Governor Generoso, Lupon, and Banaybanay. The mayors, health officers, blood program coordinators, and barangays of each of these LGUs have also received an award.

The component city and four towns received plaques for commendation; the mayors received plaques of appreciation; while the City/Municipal Health Officers received plaques for citation; blood program coordinators received plaques of appreciation; while the Barangays received a certificate of recognition.

A total of 13 line agencies and groups have also received a certificate of recognition. Some of these agencies and groups are the Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center (DOPMC), Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Davao Oriental Search Mobilization and Rescue Team (DOSMART), 28th  and 67th Infantry Battalions and 701st Brigade of the Philippine Army, and Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office (DOPPO), among others.

During the awarding ceremony on December 19 at the Honey’s Hotel and Restaurant in Mati City, PRC-DavOr Chapter Administrator Catherine Bijis said that the conferment of award to various individuals and groups is a way of showing grateful appreciation for their support to the blood program of the PRC and an encouragement to continue supporting the program. From collecting 20-30 bags in a municipal mobile or mass blood-letting activity during the early years of her 21-year service in PRC, the agency has now collected 1, 159 units of blood, the highest amount of blood donation from barangay Central alone of the City of Mati within 8 years.

“Blood is everyone’s concern. It is a fluid that can only be taken from human beings in order to save the life of another human being. Blood should be safe, adequate, and available when needed. However, no one agency can achieve this. We need the support of everyone like our partners and supporters to make the blood services efficient and sustainable in Davao Oriental”, Bijis said.

While the blood supply of the PRC here never runs out, Dr. Joy Sanico, Provincial Health Officer and at the same time Head of Technical Division of the PRC, said that they are planning to strengthen the blood program by next year, further reaching the municipalities in the first district of this province that has never been active in supporting the program. Of the six towns in the first congressional district of Davao Oriental, only the Municipal Government of Boston and Caraga have contributed to the blood program. A total of 180 units of blood have been collected from Boston within the last 5 years while 122 units of blood have been collected from Caraga town within the last 6 years.

Dr. Sanico further encouraged everyone to help extend the lives of other people, saying that extending help to a stranger especially this Christmas is a way of giving love. “Let us remember that today is Christmas. When we talk about Christmas it goes back to us the love. It was the love that many years ago Christ came to this world for the salvation of the people and that is the manifestation of love. Because true love is measured when one gives his life for his friend. We might not know them [blood receiver] in person but we consider them as friends. So when we give love, we give blood. And that is the true manifestation of love,” she said.  By Riza M. Golez

 

 

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