BORONGAN CITY– The Philippine Red Cross conducted a successful blood donation drive at the Department of Public Works and Highways Eastern Samar District Engineering Office (DPWH ESDEO) on January 26, 2024.

The event collected 31 bags of blood donations from various groups and government agencies, including the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Students from Our Lady of Mercy College (OLMC), DPWH ESDEO Employees, and other private volunteers.

The bloodletting activity was carefully screened to ensure the safety of both donors and recipients. Donors had to fill out a form, and proceed for an initial interview with a doctor and only those weighing 50 kilos and above, with normal blood pressure are deemed fit for blood donation.

According to Sheena Rose Globio, a medical technologist from the Philippine Red Cross, the organization offers a range of services, including the supply of sufficient, safe, and quality blood products in Eastern Samar.

“This blood drive is essential to help meet the demand for blood products and ensure that those in need receive the necessary transfusions,” said Globio.

Globio also revealed that the Philippine Red Cross has a Blood Samaritan Program, which is funded by the City Government of Borongan. Under this program, Borongan residents do not have to pay for blood and processing fees.

Meanwhile, DPWH ESDEO District Engineer Domcelio Natividad congratulated the Philippine Red Cross for the success of the blood donation drive.

Also, the District Engineer committed that the DPWH ESDEO will continue supporting meaningful activities that will benefit the public.

“The DPWH ESDEO has partnered with the Philippine Red Cross for years in conducting blood drives, such as this one. The success of this bloodletting activity is a testament to the generosity and kindness of the people of Eastern Samar,” said DE Natividad.