MANILA – Some 108 bags of blood were collected from the first set of donors during the bloodletting activity organized by the Philippine Army (PA) in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on Wednesday.
In a statement, Army spokesperson, Col. Ramon Zagala, said the activity, held in line with the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ guidance to hold scheduled bloodletting initiatives, aims to supplement the insufficient volume of blood stored in blood banks due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
About 411 active and reservist personnel participated in the activity held in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross, Philippine Blood Center, and Army General Hospital.
“Every drop of blood our soldiers give, whether in combat or response to medical needs, is a symbol of our commitment to serve the nation. We are hopeful that the result of this drive will help save the lives of our fellow people in need,” Army Chief, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, said.
Meanwhile, civilian volunteers are encouraged to join the second bloodletting activity on May 27.
Zagala said the collected blood would be used by PA personnel, dependents, civilian human resource, and other authorized civilians in cases of emergency. (ia/PNA)