December 8, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – A total of 18,900cc of blood or 42 bags from the 42 donors have been collected during the blood-letting activity on June 14 at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol Auditorium. 

The blood include six units of Type AB, eight units of Type A, 20 units of Type B, and eight units of Type O which were turned over to the Philippine Red Cross-Mountain Province.

The activity was conducted by the local government unit through the Municipal Health Office in collaboration with the PRC-Mountain Province and Mountain Province Blood Donation Network.

This is in line with the celebration of World Blood Donor Day with the theme “Give Blood, Give Plasma, Share Life, Share Often.” 

Medical Technologist II Cecilia Stella Matiw of the MHO mentioned that four donors were deferred due to Quality Not Sufficient, low hemoglobin, and Valvular Heart Disease.

In his message, Mayor Jerome Tudlong, Jr.,   expressed his profound gratitude to the blood donors as well as the personnel from MHO, PRC-Mountain Province Chapter, and Mountain Province Blood Donation Network for their contribution to the noble cause.

“Maintaining a regular supply of blood in our facilities is essential to ensure that safe and adequate blood supply is available for those who may need it. I thank all the volunteers who have unselfishly donated their blood to help save a life,” he added.

Municipal Health Officer, Diga Gomez joined Tudlong in extending gratitude to the workforce during the activity.

 She expressed high hopes that similar activities will be conducted to sustain the demands of blood in the municipality.

Florita  Sacgaca, Red Cross Donor Recruitment and Selection Officer said the blood collected from the activity will be primarily used for patients undergoing dialysis or major surgeries, as well as other medical emergencies, particularly cases of chronic kidney disease, which are currently on the rise.

Further, Sacgaca said the collected units of blood will be screened for bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis, HIV, malaria, and others.

Other officials present during the activity are Provincial Blood Service Program Network Coordinator Nestor  Gao-an, Vice Mayor Eusebio Kabluyen, and Councilor Timothy Pongad, Jr. – Shannon Anthea S. Pagaduan & Alpine L. Killa- Malwagay