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.
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)