City gov’t scholars share blood to Red Cross PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 08 April 2012 14:17

City government scholars recently took the Philippine Red Cross challenge by voluntarily donating blood to help sustain the local Red Cross blood bank and ultimately helping save lives.

The bloodletting activity, intended as a belated birthday gift to Mayor Celso Lobregat, was dubbed “Dia del Alcalde- Part II, a tribute to Life: A bloodletting activity of the City Government Scholars”. It was held at the Red Cross headquarters in Pettit Barracks last March 30, a week after they were swamped with academic requirements that included examinations, thesis presentation and defense and other documentary requirements.

Facilitated by the City Human Resource and Management Office (CHRMO), the bloodletting activity yielded at some 45 qualified donors which brings the total number of blood donors during the mayor’s birthday to some 335, the highest ever recorded in one activity.

Last March 20 during Mayor Lobregat’s 64th birthday, the city government and the Local Red Cross initiated a bloodletting activity in which a total of 290 qualified blood donors that included students, police officers and government employees, were recorded.

The government scholars failed to participate in the March 20 event, as the same day was either their final examination day or deadline for the submission of other academic requirements.

Organized into the City Government Scholarship Association, the scholars are studying in different colleges and state universities in the city that include the Western Mindanao State University, Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College and Zamboanga City State College of Marine Science and Technology.

The scholarship program is pursuant to Ordinance No. 332, granting of academic scholarships to poor but deserving students. The program started 2009. — Sheila Covarrubias