By: Rey M. Antibo
Compostela Valley Province---Governor Arturo T. Uy gives certificate of recognition to the 4 capitol employees who continously support the Bloodletting Program of the provincial government. As the top Blood Donor-Galloner, they have consistently donated nine times from the bloodletting activities held at the Capitol. Aside from the certificate of recognition, they also received one sack of rice & T-shirt each.
Spearheaded by the Provincial Health Office (PHO) under Dr. Renato Basañez, the certificates and tokens were given during the employees’ regular convocation program on October 27, 2014 to Luzminda Horcasitas of the Provincial Accountants Office (PACCO), Wilfredo Galagala of Provincial Governors Office - Information Technology and Communication Development Division (PGO-ITCDD), Rolan Gallano of PGO-Administrative Division (PGO-ADMIN), and Gerald Abaya of Provincial General Services Office (PGSO).
In 2013, Comval was able to produce a total of 11,502 of 500cc bags from the 9,770 blood donors through various bloodletting and “Mobile Blood Donation Activities” conducted in the Barangays of the 11 municipalities. This is in support to the “Provincial Voluntary Blood Services Program” Under the leadership of Gov. Uy, Vice Gov. Manuel “Way Kurat” Zamora, and Senior Board Member Tyron Uy and provincial officials.
According to Assistant PHO Chief Dr. Jeorgie Arvin Legazpi, this is a big help, “by donating their blood to those who need it especially the patients suffering from severe blood loss, Leukemia, Hemophilia, Mothers giving birth with complications, Major trauma, Transplant Patients, and others.”
He added that not only the recipients can benefit but also the blood donors as they are given free tests/screening that can catch certain illnesses in the early stages. And although still inconclusive, some international research shows donating blood reduces the risk of heart attack. (Rey Antibo, IDS Comval)