November 26, 2022

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The municipal government is eyeing more blood donors in the capital town following the conduct of the bloodletting activity on Aug. 12. 
Municipal Health Officer Diga Kay Gomez said the team extracted 19,350cc of blood or 43 bags of 450cc each from qualified donors who underwent the screening process.
The donated blood was turned over to the Philippine Red Cross-Mountain Province.
The blood donors are members of the Bravo Company, 54th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, employees of the municipal government, personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection, and other volunteers from different agencies and barangays. 
Mayor Franklin Odsey was elated with the response of the blood donors and volunteers and thanked them for their participation.  
Sangguniang Bayan member Jerome Tudlong, Jr., chairperson of the committee on health and sanitation, also lauded the volunteers and the workforce and highlighted the free checkup for blood donors as stipulated in the municipal ordinance. 
Sgt. Jomar Echanes of the Philippine Army, one of the blood donors, said donating blood helps a lot of people needing a blood transfusion. 
Gerriebel Bragado, a seafarer who donated blood for 13 times, said bloodletting activities give people the opportunity to help those who need blood transfusion.  
Medical Technologist II Jocelyn Coloma of the Bontoc MHO said the blood collected will be tested for diseases like hepatitis A and B, HIV, and other sexually transmitted infections and screened to ensure it is safe before transfusion.
The bloodletting drive was initiated by Municipal Health in partnership with the PRC-Mountain Province, Mountain Province Provincial Health Office, Bontoc General Hospital, Department of Health-Mountain Province, and MHOs of the different municipalities in the province.  – Christy Che-es and Alpine L. Killa