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Isabela city to hold 2-day 'Blood Olympics'

The city government here has set a two-day “Blood Olympics” meant to encourage residents to donate and help save lives.

"Blood Olympics" is a two-day blood-letting to be held on December 7 and 8 with the theme “Give the Gift of Life, Donate Blood, Be a Hero.”

City of Ilagan Mayor Evelyn Diaz, in a letter to all village chiefs, said blood collected during the two-day event will be deposited in the Ilagan Blood Depository System or I-Bloods.

Diaz said the deposited blood will be for the exclusive use of Ilaguenos needing transfusions to recover from illness. However, she did not mention the needed number of units of blood to meet the requirement of the city.

To encourage blood donors from barangays (villages), the city government will be giving prizes to the villages with the most numbers of blood donors.

The winning barangay will be given 100 bags of cement to be used for their projects, 75 bags of cement to the barangay with second highest blood donors and 50 bags for the third placer.

The local chief executive said the city government will continue to support the blood donation program so that there will be enough supply of blood for sick Ilaguenos.

Merlito Edale / PNA