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Bulacan guv: Blood donors are modern day heroes

Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado on Thursday lauded blood donors for their generosity to save lives.

During the National Blood Donor’s Month Celebration held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city, on Thursday morning, Alvarado likened the blood donors to modern-day heroes as he encouraged every municipality in the province to support this drive.

The governor said the provincial government has launched an intense campaign for voluntary blood donation as the province currently needs 2,000 bags of blood per month, higher than 50 bags of blood per month needed several years ago.

Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, who is also at the forefront of blood letting activities in the province, said blood donors are “lifeline arrows” that help save lives in life and death situation.

"We should always have supply of blood to help save our provincemates from danger in times of needs," Fernando said.

Dr. Andres Bonifacio, OIC-Head of Philippine Blood Center, who represented Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Dr. Gerardo V. Bayugo, as the keynote speaker, emphasized the important role of blood donors and urged others to do the same.

“As we gather here today, we celebrate life and honor all the blood donors for their contributions to the community. You are all the unsung heroes of the generation today, may you continue saving lives. Heroism is not about dying, it is about saving lives,” Bonifacio said.

There were 31 bronze galloner awardees and 166 blood galloner awardees that were given plaques of recognition.

Also, five local government units were given certificates of recognition namely the municipalities of Plaridel, Marilao and Santa Maria, city government of San Jose Del Monte, and Barangay Pulong Buhangin, Santa Maria.

There are also four blood partners who likewise received certificates of recognition. These are Bulacan State University, Ang Dating Daan, Fisher Farm Inc. and Damayang Filipino.

"It is a nice feeling that you been able to help those in need even in a little way. As the saying goes, it is better to give than to receive. At 60, I am thankful because I am healthy and can still donate blood. Thus, as a thanksgiving to God, I will help those in need, " said Henedina David from City of San Jose Del Monte, one of the bronze blood galloner awardees.

Dr. Julie Reyes, OIC-Assistant Regional Director of DOH, who represented Regional Director Leonita P. Gorgolon, shared good news that soon, a Regional Blood Center will rise in Barangay Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

Emil G. Gamos/PNA