Blood drive of PH Red Cross pushes through in La Union amidst response operations

Published October 20, 2021, 4:29 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

Despite the ongoing “Maring” operations in La Union, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) moves to ensure that there will be a steady supply of blood in the country through its continuous blood donation drive.

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

On Oct. 16, PRC successfully collected 49 blood units in its mobile blood drive in Bauang, La Union.

PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Dick Gordon said that the humanitarian organization remains “unstoppable” despite the ongoing pandemic.

“As the premier humanitarian organization in the country, we will continue to be at the forefront of providing aid to the most vulnerable, especially during emergencies,” Gordon said.

“But it doesn’t end there, we will also continue with all our regular services as the need for blood never stops,” he added.

As of Oct. 20, the PRC has sent out aid to La Union which include 4,214 hot meals, 1,472 bottles of water, 641 pieces of clothing, 692 face masks, and 50 hygiene kits.

Likewise, PRC volunteers and staff in La Union also oriented 631 individuals on hygiene promotion, gave psychosocial first aid to 136 individuals, and distributed 72,000 liters of water which provided 5,288 individuals with safe and clean potable water.