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Blood donors braved the cold weather to join Japan Red Cross Society in a blood donation drive by UNTV, MCGI

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, December 7th, 2017

 

In a report by the Japanese Red Cross Society, the number of blood donors in Japan decreases yearly especially among those who are native Japanese.

According to Takehara Takimi, head of Red Cross Society in Japan, the number of blood donors drops by 100,000 every year. From the previous 4 million 900, 000 in 2016, the number decreased to 4 million 800,000 only this 2017.

This is why they are hoping for more help from foreign blood donors.

Every year, people who donate blood are decreasing at the rate of 100,000 in a year. Due to the low birth rate of Japan, it seems to be difficult to have blood donation from Japanese. Meanwhile, we are having blood donation from embassy, groups and non-Japanese,” said Mr. Takimi.

With the help of the volunteers of UNTV and Members Church of God International (MCGI), the groups were able to conduct a massive blood donation drive in Tokyo. They were able to collect 46 blood bags for patients.

“It’s my first time to donate blood. It feels good to help those in need. Those who need blood. Thank you so much, God,” said Baby Iijima, an OFW.

“This is my third time to donate blood in Japan. Donating blood is good for our health. It cleanses our body and at the same time, it can help save the lives of others,” said Andro Paor.

“I came to donate my blood today to be of service to someone,” said Katsunori Tanaka, a Japanese national.

Japanese Red Cross Society is hoping to conduct more blood donation drive so that more people, especially Japanese, would be encouraged join such an activity.

“We are grateful to everyone for coming despite this season which is hard to gather due to cold and sickness. Even it’s crowded on the bus, it is very helpful that there are many people who came today. We are hoping that your cooperation will continue for a long time,” said Mr. Takimi. — PAULINE OMPICO / UNTV News & Rescue

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MCGI collaborates with Philippine Blood Center for mass blood donation drive

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

 

Philippine Blood Center Technical Division head Dr. Francis Dematera receives recognition from MCGI representative Bro. Danny Navales for allowing the organization and ADD Foundation to use PBC’s facilities for the blood donation drive.

 

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Over 700 volunteers from Members, Church of God International (MCGI) flocked to the grounds of Philippine Blood Center (PBC) on Saturday, April 28, in a regular mass blood donation drive.

The group was able to donate a total of 452 units of blood that could save countless lives.

Blood donations were extracted using the center’s state-of-the-art facilities with volunteers from MCGI assisted by PBC’s in-house staff for better facilitation.

“Nakikita kasi natin na ang Center naman ay open sila. Nakita natin na mas magiging kumbinyente kung dito natin ito gaganapin,” MCGI Representative Brother Danny Navales said.

(We know that the Center is very open. We figured that it would be more convenient to conduct the event at the center.)

Donors enjoyed the “opportunity of sharing” as it benefits not only the recipient of their blood donations but their own health as well. Also, they believe that donating blood is more than monetary donations.

“Kasi po pagbibili po ng dugo sa ibang institution, mahal po, naasa 2,000 pesos. Pero kung makakapagbigay tayo ng dugo, wala man po tayong pera, parang nakapagbigay na po tayo ng pinansyal na tulong sa kanila, wala man po tayong pera lalo na po sa mga wala at kapos,” said Vernie Mangacer, a blood donor.

(When you buy from other institutions it can cost up to P2,000. But by donating blood, it’s almost as if you’ve given financial help to those in need.)

The PBC management, meanwhile, expressed their gratitude for the massive support that the MCGI rendered in the said blood donation drive.

“Natutuwa kami na dito mismo sa Philippine Blood Center ang activity na ito.  Lubos po ang pasasalamat namin sa pamunuan ng Ang Dating Daan, kay Bro Eli at Bro. Daniel Razon. Maraming-maraming salamat po,” Dr. Francis Dematera, the Head of PBC’s Technical Division exclaimed.

(We are happy that they held this activity right here at the Philippine Blood Center. We are very grateful to the leadership of Ang Dating Daan, to Bro. Eli and Bro. Daniel Razon. Thank you very much.)

MCGI has been in partnership with PBC in this endeavor for six years now. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue

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First-time donors join MCGI bloodletting in Zamboanga

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

The opportunity to help others and the health benefits of donating blood are two reasons first time-donors cited for joining the mass bloodletting event of Members Church of God International (MCGI) in Zamboanga on April 14, Saturday.

For 17-year-old Claricel Manson, she has long wanted to participate in this kind of event.

“Dumalo ako sa bloodletting last time and then ni-reject lang ako kasi 16 years old pa lang ako (I tried to join the bloodletting last time but was rejected because I was only 16 years old),” she said.

Though it can be daunting, first-time donor Ellyn Marie Yu finds helping others more important and such a fulfilling experience.

“Kabado baka medyo mahihirapan sa paghahanap [ng ugat] dahil chubby, pero okay naman po. So far so good,” she said.

(I’m a little nervous. Finding a vein might prove difficult because I’m chubby, but I’m fine with it. So far so good.)

A total of 65 bags were donated to Zamboanga Medical Center.

The partners of MCGI have expressed happiness over the success of high-volume recruitment of donors.

According to Carlo Evardo, head of the hospital’s donor recruitment, they need 50 to 60 on a daily basis.

“Priority po natin mga indigent persons kasi sila iyong mas nangangailangan, kasi hindi sila nakaka-afford ng dugo. Actually, iyong dugo libre lang but the processing fee iyong binabayran,” said Evardo.

(We prioritize indigents because they need it more and they cannot afford it. Actually, the blood is free but you have to pay for the processing fee.)

Meanwhile, four members of MCGI are set to receive the  Galloner Award of the Department of Health for donating  10 times.  — Dante Amento | UNTV News & Rescue

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Senate formally commends Senate Defenders for winning UNTV Cup title

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

CHAMPIONS. The Senate of the Philippines formally commended the Senate Defenders for winning the UNTV Cup championship title.

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate of the Philippines formally commended on Wednesday, the Senate Defenders for winning the championship title in UNTV’s basketball league of public servants — the UNTV Cup Season 6.

Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara delivered their manifestation in the plenary regarding the approved resolution last March 13.

“And those who gave all-out support, we will no longer mention what they did for us, Senator Ping Lacson and Senator Cynthia Villar,” said Villanueva.

The highlights of the game of the Senate Defenders was shown during the plenary session.

Senate President Koko Pimentel also thanked UNTV at the event.

UNTV vice presidents Gerry Panghulan and Ruth Soriano received the certificate of appreciation for UNTV, Kuya Daniel Razon, and Members Church of God International (MCGI) led by Bro. Eli Soriano.

“In behalf of the Senate Defenders, our senators, in behalf of the beneficiary na sabi nga namin (as we have said), we play basketball but we save lives,” Senate Tax Study and Research Office Director-General Atty. Rodelio T. Dascil said.

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa taas at binigyan tayo ng pagkakataon na kahit sa paraan na ito ay nakakatulong na ito. Nakita niyo naman ang mga benepisyaryo ay kasama natin sa araw na ito,” said UNTV Vice President for Adminsitration Gerry Panghulan.

(We thank God for giving us the opportunity to help even through this way. You have seen the beneficiaries who were with us today.)  — UNTV News & Rescue

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