Red Cross honors blood donation partners

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Negros Occidental-Bacolod City Chapter honored its blood donation partners during the Blood Services Handog Pasasalamat and Awarding Ceremony held at the Capitol Social Hall in Bacolod City last August 31.

Rita Benita Mirasol, chapter officer-in-charge administrator, said various organizations as well as cities and municipalities in Negros Occidental were recognized for their noble and meritorious contributions to blood donation.

The Platinum awardees were the Municipality of E. B. Magalona, Himamaylan City, Silay City, and VMA Global College and Training Center Inc.

Recognized as Scroll of Honor awardees were Bago City, Talisay City, Kabankalan City, ABS-CBN Bacolod, Victorias Milling Company, and Bombo Radyo Bacolod.

The chapter also gave certificates of appreciation to Cebu Pacific Bacolod branch, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Alijis Campus, Tricastle International Inc., John B. Lacson Colleges Foundation-Bacolod, Amity Volunteer Fire Brigade, Chamber Volunteer Fire Brigade, PNP Regional Training Center, RGMA Network Inc., and Central Negros Electric Cooperative.

Recognized as local awardees were SM Store Bacolod/Mainstream Business Inc., Reynaldo Financial, Northern Negros Electric Cooperative, Makati Development Corporation, and Central Philippines State University- Cauayan.

The national awards were signed by Dr. Christie Monina Nalupta, manager of Red Cross Blood Services; Atty. Oscar Palabyab, secretary general, and Senator Richard Gordon, chairman and chief executive officer of PRC.

From January to August 31, 2017, the PRC Negros Occidental-Bacolod City Chapter has collected a total of 6,836 units of blood.

“With the continued support of our blood donation partners, the PRC local blood center was able to provide adequate supply of safe blood and blood products to the Province of Negros Occidental,” Mirasol said.

She said the Platinum awardees were recognized for conducting blood donation activities for almost 20 years.

The blood donation partners are required to donate 50 units of blood so that they will be qualified for an award from the PRC national office.

Mirasol said the local Red Cross is thankful to all the blood donors who continue to share their blood so that many families will still be together and many individuals will still live.

The chapter is conducting bloodletting program in various cities and municipalities in the province.

The Red Cross ensures that donating blood is a safe opportunity to give the gift of life. Each needle used in the procedure is sterile and is disposed after a single use.

Mirasol said blood donors should be in good health, well-rested, and have eaten prior to donation.

Type “O” blood is the “most in demand” at the blood bank while types A, B, and AB are rare.

The chapter is collecting a P1,800 processing fee.

Retired judge Demosthenes Magallanes, outgoing chairman of Board of Directors, had earlier said they are collecting fees because the chapter is different from government facilities and they also need funds to pay their personnel and to maintain their faculties.

“We are also paying our medical team,” Magallanes said.

He added that the processing fee has an approval from the Department of Health.

The chapter assured that they have enough blood to serve the Negrenses, and also urged more Negrenses to donate blood to help those in need.

Meanwhile, the chapter will hold a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 7, to elect the new chairman of the Board of Directors.
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