Camp Gen. Artemio Ricarte, Puerto Princesa City — Troops from the Western Command have collectively donated 17 gallons of blood during the Mass Blood Donation September 19 at the Gazebo of the Capitol Complex in Puerto Princesa City. That’s enough blood to fill the gas tank of a midsize sedan and then some.
The Command’s participation during the blood donor’s month celebration was successfully conducted especially on the mass blood donation activity wherein twenty six (26) military personnel qualified as blood donors. During the said activity WESCOM and NAVFORWEST received Plaques of Appreciation while 570th Composite Tactical Wing, 3rd Marine Brigade, Marine Battalion Landing Team-4, Marine Battalion Landing Team12, Naval ARCEN and the Philippine Army Palawan Community Development Center received Certificates of Appreciation.
The activity is part of the celebration of Blood Donors’ Month by the Palawan Blood Council, headed by Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez and WESCOM as one of its members. RADM ALEXANDER S LOPEZ AFP, WESCOM chief, said the event also recognizes volunteers who coordinate, promote or staff blood drives. “When you donate blood, you save a life and give somebody the opportunity to see what life holds. I salute our troops who voluntarily donated blood during the Mass Blood Donation. Service runs through the blood of donors, and their blood now helps other who have served,” RADM LOPEZ said.
The Palawan Blood Council was formed by the Provincial Ordinance No. 1395 Series of 2014, renaming it from its former name, Provincial Voluntary Blood Services Council. Aside from the Mass Blood Donation activity, the Council also conducted an orientation on voluntary blood services program.-End