Army soldiers and reservists of the 302nd and 303rd Infantry Brigade in Negros Island marked the 122nd Philippine Independence Day by donating 37,000 cc of blood to the Negros First Provincial Blood Center and Philippine National Red Cross.
Maj. Franco Ver Lopez, 303rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations officer, yesterday said that the bloodletting activity at Camp Gerona in Brgy. Minoyan, Murcia, was held on June 11, in partnership with the Provincial Health Office and Murcia Municipal Health Office.
Lopez said that 19,000cc, which is equivalent to 38 bags of blood, were donated by personnel of 303rd Infantry Brigade and participants from 79th Infantry Battalion, 14th Civil-Military Operations Battalion, 33rd Division Reconnaissance Company and 605th Community Defense Center, 6th Regional Community Defense Group.
He said that the bloodletting activity aims to provide additional blood supply available for patients in need in Negros Occidental, in cases of emergency.
A similar activity was also conducted by 62nd Infantry Battalion in Brgy. Tinongan, Isabela, Negros Occidental in partnership with the Isabela Municipal Health Office.
Colonel Inocencio Pasaporte, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said that the activity is a simple way of extending support to the people of Negros, who are deeplyin need of blood supply.
“It also promotes the Army’s continuing efforts in saving lives of our fellow Negrense,” Pasaporte added.
The 302nd Infantry Brigade stationed at Camp Leon Kilat in Brgy. Sta Cruz Viejo, Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, also held a similar activity, in partnership with the Philippine National Red Cross and Tanjay City Health Office headed by Dr. Wilson Anthony Egos.
Col Noel Baluyan, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, who was among the 36 blood donors, said that they were able to collect 18,000cc of blood, for use by persons in need during emergencies.*
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