City reinforces bloodletting program PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 November 2011 13:44

The City Blood Council of Zamboanga chaired by Mayor Celso Lobregat and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Incorporated represented by Corporate Affairs Manager Beethoven Sur yesterday forged a Memorandum of Agreement to further strengthen the city’s blood-letting program.

The event, dubbed “Sanggre es Vida” and held at the main stage of MEIN Colleges Campus, also highlighted an orientation for barangay officials regarding the creation and activation of Barangay Blood Councils as provided for in City Ordinance No. 336.

About a hundred officials from 21 barangays, all from the West Coast, attended the said affair.

Lobregat lauded the support of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines as he emphasized the need for the aggressive involvement of non-government entities to the city’s blood program.

He jested that the logistical support provided by the petroleum company unburdens the city government from the bureaucratic process of procuring snacks for the donors. 

Lobregat who is a Red Cross Governor and a 4-time Hall-of-Fame Awardee of the Sandugo Award, urged barangay officials to actively mobilize their Barangay Blood Council.

He related that in other regions and cities more barangay officials are receiving the Sandugo Award that testifies of the exemplary contributions of the recipient-officials to the national blood program.

“I am really proud to receive the Sandugo Awards, however it would be better if all our Barangay Chairmen will also be recipients of the award so that I will not be alone in receiving the award for our City,” Lobregat lamented.

“Sanggre es vida” was also graced by Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Benjamin Guingona III and Rudy Lim, Zamboanga City Medical Center Chief Dr. Romeo Ong, Red cross Zamboanga Board chair Dr. Mila Fernandez, MEIN Colleges Dean Manuel  Carreon, Jr., City Health Officer Rodel Agbulos, and volunteers from the Red Cross Zamboanga Chapter.

It was concluded with a blood-letting activity carried out by the Red Cross and Zamboanga City Medical center. — Richard Aliangan