PH Red Cross partners with Angkas for blood donation drive

Published October 28, 2021, 3:08 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

To help replenish the blood reserves in the country which is currently affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has partnered with a delivery service provider for a donation drive.

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

“While we continue our fight against COVID-19, we call on more people to help replenish the country’s blood supply,” said PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Dick Gordon.

As the provider of 50 percent of the country’s blood supply, PRC partnered with Angkas on the last week of October to boost blood reserves.

Starting Oct. 26, the PRC Blood Services at the National Headquarters in Mandaluyong aims to have ten blood donors per hour from Angkas as the Blood Service facility operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Blood donations also started on Oct. 26.

Last March 28, PRC also conducted a blood drive in partnership with Angkas with over 24 blood donors.

The PRC Blood Services added that Angkas is also planning on conducting more bloodletting activities as soon as the pandemic restrictions imposed by the LGUs become more flexible.

Meanwhile, Gordon also called on the people to keep in touch with all the 104 Red Cross chapters and 99 blood service facilities, or contact the hotline 143 for urgent blood concerns.

“Magbigay ng dugo at tumulong magligtas ng buhay (Let’s donate blood and help save lives),” he said.

Meanwhile, Gordon also expressed gratitude to Angkas for choosing PRC as its partner. He particularly thanked Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca and Angkas CEO Angeline Tham.

“This endeavor is indeed beneficial as the need for blood never stops,” he added.

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

PRC also partnered with Angkas for home service of saliva testing, thereby providing jobs to thousands of motorcycle riders who lost their jobs during the pandemic.

“We understand that many of the motorcycle riders of delivery services lost their livelihood due to the pandemic,” Gordon said.

“With this service, thousands of them were hired [and] we support these riders and the invaluable service they provide,” he added.