By: Flor Jackson
NAVAL, Biliran – Fifteen bags of fresh blood from donors in this municipality were generated from the blood letting activity that was conducted at the Naval Municipal Health Office today, Monday, September 5.
Each bag contained 450 cc of fresh blood from each donor that will be added to the blood bank at the Biliran Provincial Hospital.
The activity which was conducted jointly by the Philippine Councilors Legue, Biliran Chapter headed by its President, Engr. Ricardo Kho, Sangguniang Bayan (SB) Member of Naval; Biliran Dental Society (BDC) led by Dr. Glezel Kho, BDS President; officials of the Biliran Provincial Health Office; the local government unit (LGU) of Naval headed by Mayor Susan Parilla and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Biliran Provincial Information Center.
The daylong activity was started with a motorcade around poblacion Naval and was followed by a flag raising ceremony, a regular Monday morning activity of the officials and employees of LGU-Naval, then the opening program.
The opening program was attended by the officials and employees of LGU-Naval and other government agencies, SB Members, members of the BDS and other guests.
In his message, SB member Kho thanked the blood donors who were present during the program for their concern to voluntarily donate their blood saying that the blood that they donate can save many lives especially the Biliranons who may need blood in the treatment of their ailment.
For his part, Naval Vice-Mayor Redentor Villordon in his inspirational message pointed out the importance of the blood letting activity saying that donating one’s blood is a gesture of showing concern to people who would need them.
He also mentioned the significance of the month of September as Crime Prevention Month as he advised people of Naval and in the barangays to report any suspicious faces they might encounter in the place.
“Reporting sightings of suspicious characters in the baranays is one way of preventing crime to happen,” he said.
“We, as officials of the municipality and the Naval police cannot do these all, hence we need the cooperation of everyone to prevent crime,” Vice Mayor Villordon said further.
Two medical technologists from the Biliran Provincial Health Office in the persons of Anatolia Montesa and Elsa Baltazar were present at the MHO to conduct the extraction of blood from the donors together with the Naval MHO team led by Dr. Fernando Montejo, Municipal Health Officer.
Dr. Montejo personally screened the blood donors to check if they were qualified to donate blood.
Artemio Seno, a 50-year old employee assigned at the General Services Department of LGU-Naval, said, it was his fourth time to participate in the blood letting activity since 2008.
“My purpose of donating blood is to help my fellow Biliranons in case of emergency when they need blood,” he said.
Alan Alvara, 22 years old of Ormoc City and Victor Lambonao of Pili, Almeria, Biliran, both maritime students of the Naval State University (NSU) in Naval, Biliran said, they donated blood to refresh and renew the blood circulating in their bodies aside from helping the sick in the area who will need their blood.
PIA-Biliran will be joining Naval-MHO every Wednesday which is the regular schedule of the blood letting activity in the municipality, to other barangays in the area to conduct the same activity.
On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, the schedule of the blood letting activity is in Barangay Lucsoon, Naval,Biliran. (FEJ/PIA 8 Biliran)