Col. Reymondo Delgado (2nd from right) with the staff of
Philippine Red Cross-Ormoc City Chapter headed by Nepthel
Remulta (5th from left) after the bloodletting activity at 19IB
Camp in Kananga, Leyte.
19IB, Red Cross
By 19th Infantry Battalion,
September 13, 2015
KANANGA, Leyte – In celebration of the National Peace Consciousness
Month this September, 19th Infantry Battalion conducted a bloodletting
activity at its headquarters in partnership with the Philippine Red
Cross - Ormoc City Chapter on Saturday, September 12, 2015.
The activity started with a short program around 9:00 o’clock in
morning where Nepthel Remulta, PRC medical technologist briefed around
70 would-be donors on the importance of blood donation.
Almost fifty per cent of the would-be donors are soldiers of 19IB,
while the rest comprised of personnel from Ormoc City Police Office (OCPO),
Coast Guard District Eastern Visayas (CGDEV), Kananga Municipal Police
Station, Finest Guardians International Contingent Incorporated,
peoples organizations and even farmers from nearby barangays of
Kananga and Ormoc City.
As the activity ends around 12:00 midday, 22,950 cc whole blood was
collected. It turned out that 51 individuals were successfully
extracted with blood at 450 cc each. Others failed in the
pre-screening and interview due to illness such as cough, colds and
menstruation to some female donors.
According to Remulta, Ormoc City has an average blood requirement of
450 bags monthly. This is because one patient, especially those
undergoing surgical operations would usually need more than two bags
at a time.
19IB had been conducting bloodletting activities with Philippine Red
Cross - Ormoc City Chapter for over six years.
“In behalf of the Philippine Red Cross, we thanked the 19th Infantry
Battalion for spearheading the bloodletting event and for spreading
public awareness on its importance”, Remulta said.
On his part, Lt. Col. Reymondo Delgado, Acting Commanding Officer of
19IB lauded the Philippine Red Cross for its incessant advocacy on
saving lives through giving blood. He also thanked all individuals and
organizations who supported the peace initiative of the battalion.