Sunday, June 14, 2020

Army battalion leads blood donation drive in Maguindanao

From the Philippine News Agency (Jun 14, 2020): Army battalion leads blood donation drive in Maguindanao (By Edwin Fernandez)

BLOOD DONATION. Soldiers and civilians donate blood in an activity initiated by the Army's 57th Infantry Battalion in Datu Piang, Maguindanao on Saturday (June 13, 2020). Civilians in the Army unit's area of jurisdiction also joined the bloodletting activity. (Photo courtesy of 57IB)
COTABATO CITY – Members of an Army battalion led on Saturday a blood donation drive in Maguindanao through a partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the provincial health unit. 

In an interview, Lt. Col. Jonathan Pondanera, the new chief of the Army’s 57th Infantry Battalion (57IB), said the activity resulted in the collection of a total of 34,000 cubic centimeters (cc) of blood.

“The activity was aimed to generate enough blood reserves to be used during medical emergencies by the constituents of Maguindanao province,” Pondanera said of the blood donation drive held at the Datu Piang municipal plaza that was also joined in by civilian blood donors.

In coordination with the local government units of Datu Piang and Datu Salibo, both in Maguindanao, the Integrated Provincial Health Office-Maguindanao and the non-government organization Kabalikat Radiocom Incorporated-Datu Piang Chapter, the 57IB and PRC successfully conducted the joint bloodletting activity.

Pondanera said its conduct was a manifestation of the unit’s desire to help and make a difference in serving the populace in its area of operation.

He added more bloodletting activities are set to take place in the 51IB’s area of responsibility in the coming days.

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