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