Army, Bulacan mall hold blood donation drive

A donor at SM City Marilao takes deep breath while assisted by a Registered Nurse from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) during blood donation drive dubbed as “The Dugong Alay ng Kaugnay, Dugtong ng Inyong Buhay” organized by the 7th Infantry Kaugnay Division of Philippine Army held at SM City Marilao on September 11, 2022. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MILITARY soldiers from the 7th Infantry Kaugnay Division of Philippine Army (PA) organized a bloodletting activity held at SM City Marilao mall on Sunday.

Gladiz Latiza, SM City Marilao Public Relation Officer said the bloodletting activity with a theme “Dugong Alay ng Kaugnay, Dugtong ng Inyong Buhay” aims to increase supply and find donors who could donate blood for needy soldiers. 

She said, donors at the mall gave 66 units of blood to the PA-7th Infantry Kaugnay Division of Philippine Army.

“This activity is in partnership with Philippine General Hospital and Dugong Alay, Dugtong Buhay Incorporated. We wanted to ensure availability of blood for our soldiers,” shares Civil Military Operations Officer Romel Jordan. 

SM City Marilao also conducted its second roll of blood donation drive in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Blood Center (PBC) and SM Foundation Incorporated.

DOH-PBC Blood donor recruitment officer Jerick Laxamana says that a total of 77 units of blood were collected from successful donors in SM City Marilao last September 7 and 8, 2022. 

“We are thankful to SM as well as the support of its employees, tenants, and affiliates” said DOH-PBC Blood donor recruitment officer Jerick Laxamana. 

It was learned that the continuous blood donation awareness activities in the mall also evoked overwhelming response from common public especially to young people.

Blood donation drive at SM is in support of the Republic Act No. 7719, the National Blood Services Act of 1994 which encourages and promotes voluntary blood donation to provide sufficient supply of safe blood.