Lobregat cites need for voluntary blood donation PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 June 2013 11:19

Mayor Celso Lobregat, who is a governor of the Philippine Red Cross on Friday led the local observance of World Blood Donor Day, as he cited anew the need for voluntary blood donation for sufficient supply in times of emergency.

Speaking before students, professionals and other voluntary blood donors at the Red Cross training center, Lobregat said the observance of World Blood Donor Day seeks to raise awareness on the need for safe blood and blood products.

He thanked those who donate blood voluntarily and described them as heroes in their own right and for their life-saving gift of blood.

The event, Lobregat stressed also focuses on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving live, but also in helping people live longer and more productive lives.

June 14, Friday marked the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day with the theme “Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood”.

Attending the local observance of World Blood Donor Day were Councilors Nonong Guingona and Rudy Lim, who voluntarily donated blood; Dr. Mila Fernandez, PRC-Board of Director Chairperson and members Rose Diu, Rose Bulawin, Vita Guingona City Schools OIC Superintendent Pedro Natividad, Star Li, City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, City Engineer Luis Despalo and PRC Zamboanga administrator Vic Liozo Jr.

Western Mindanao State University President Dr. Milabel Ho led the delegation of students, some of whom also donated blood voluntarily.

Aside from the bloodletting event, the occasion was also marked with the conduct of lectures on blood donation.

Experts say that regular blood donation lowers the risk of heart disease and removes excess iron in the body.

Lobregat is the PRC governor who constantly initiates bloodletting activities. One of his bloodletting events, conducted on his birthday last March 20 recorded the highest number of donation at 400 blood units, according to Liozo. — Sheila Covarrubias