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Successful Valentine’s Day bloodletting  in Alapang amid GCQ

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Successful Valentine’s Day bloodletting  in Alapang amid GCQ

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, Feb. 20 (PIA)–The Philippine Red Cross – Benguet Chapter and Barangay Alapang in this capital town sustained their annual blood donation activity on Valentine’s Day amid general community quarantine status.

PRC-Benguet Chapter Administrator Oscar Paris said there were 18 individuals who donated in the bloodletting activity held   at the Alapang Community Center on   February 14. He thanked the barangay officials led by Punong Barangay Rolando Leon for successful Valentine’s Day blood donation drive even as the Cordillera Region is placed under GCQ this February due to increasing COVID cases.

At least 18 successful donors participated in the Valentine’s Day bloodletting activity organized by Barangay Alapang and the Philippine Red Cross- Benguet Chpater in La Trinidad, Benguet. (PRC-Benguet photos)

Paris said the Feb. 14 bloodlettig which is an annual activity of the barangay as their way of celebrating the day of heart with a cause has gathered several donors in the past years.  

As a   way of encouraging the residents to donate blood during the COVID-19 pandemic, barangay officials and other volunteers turned their community center into a Valentine’s- themed   “photobooth”   filled with decorations and fresh flowers and plants from their farms in Alapang.

It was also meant for residents to enjoy a fun day to enhance mental health at the community center but still maintaining the strict compliance of the minimum public health standards to ensure safety from the threat of COVID-19. 

Paris is encouraging the different stakeholders  like local government units, organizations and groups to  initiate bloodletting activities   to ensure enough blood supply for those in need especially during this challenging times. They can coordinate with PRC-Benguet. 

Governor Melchor Diclas]  who is the PRC Benguet Chapter chairman, thanked the donors and the barangay of Alapang for not only   helping  maintain  the depleting supply of blood in the Red Cross but also in  creating activities that would enhance the mental health and psychosocial of a person during the COVID-19 pandemic. (JDP/RMC- PIA–CAR)