Philippine Blood Center gives the highest accord to MCGI

admin   •   December 6, 2017   •   7095

MANILA, Philippines — One pint of blood can save up to three lives.

That’s why the Philippine Blood Center (PBC) believes volunteer blood donors can be considered heroes.

To recognize these heroes, PBC holds Dugong Bayani Awards yearly.

This 2017, Members Church of God International (MCGI) received once again the Jose Rizal Award.

This is the highest award PBC gives to organizations and agencies that donate more than 2,000 blood units.

Since October last year, MCGI recorded the most number of donated blood units with a total of 6,264.

“Ipinagpapasalamat natin ng maraming marami sa Panginoong Dios dahil sa loob po ng anim na taong sunod-sunod ay sa awa at tulong ng Panginoon ay nakukuha po ng Members Church of God International ang pinakamataas na gawad pagkilala para sa mga nagdodonate ng dugo sa Philippine Blood Center,” said MCGI Representative Danny Navales.

(We thank God because for six consecutive years, with God’s help and mercy, Members Church of God International has been receiving the highest recognition for blood donors to Philippine Blood Center.)

“Kaya ito po ay ating malaking kaligayahan sapagkat alam nating nagbubunga iyong pagpapagal ng ating mga mangangaral, si Bro. Eli Soriano at si Kuya Daniel Razon na hikayatin ang bawat kapatid sa pagsasama-sama na magkaroon ng diwa ng pagabot o pagmamahal sa kapwa tao sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng dugo na napakahalaga lalo na sa ating panahon,” he added.

(That’s why this gives us great joy because we know that the efforts of our preachers, Bro. Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon, to encourage every brother in the organization to have a sense of service and love for fellowmen through the donation of blood which is very important especially in our time.)

These blood units are from MCGI blood donors in Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal and some parts of Bulacan, Pampanga and Laguna.

These are apart from the blood donations from different parts of the country.

The Philippine Blood Center, meanwhile, thanked the organization for its tireless support.

“Halos noong nagsimula kami, kasama na namin sila sa aming journey towards 100% voluntary blood donation. Ito ang pinakaessence ng ating programa na gusto natin na lahat ng dugo na isasalin sa ating mga pasyente ay galing sa volunteer donors. At ang tingin ko, nakuha na natin ito, na-attain na natin at napakalaking tulong ng inyong organization,” said PBC head Dr. Andres Bonifacio.

(When we were starting, they were already with us on our journey towards 100% voluntary blood donation. This is the very essence of our program — we want all the blood to be transfused to our patients to be from volunteer donors. And as I see it, we already achieved it, we attained it and your organization is a big help.)

MCGI has already received awards from different blood centers and organizations because of its regular blood drives not only in the Philippines but also around the world.

MCGI is the primary partner of UNTV in all its public services. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue 

Blood collection drops to critical level during pandemic—Philippine Blood Center

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 19, 2020

The Philippine Blood Center (PBC) reported that blood collection has dropped to critical level amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to PBC director Director Dr. Pedrito Tagayuna, from the average blood collection of 4,000 to 5,000 bags of blood per month it dropped to 1,400 last March and further dropped to 440 last April.

“Ang blood collection natin nasa critical level na. Down to 10 percent kami ng usual namin na blood collection, (Our blood collection is now at critical level. It is already down to 10 percent compared to our usual blood collection),” he said.

Due to this the PBC is encouraging the public to donate through their mobile blood donation. According to the Department of Health (DOH) Department Memorandum No. 0124 series of 2020, individuals who wish to donate would still need to follow social distancing protocols.

The mobile blood donation event should also last for only four hours and should only accommodate 50 blood donors per activity. The elderly, pregnant women, and persons with co-morbidities are not allowed at the venue.

Barangays, home owners associations, or any association should contact the PBC, through (02) 8995 – 3846, if they want arrange a mobile blood donation event. AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

MCGI receives highest recognition in Dugong Bayani Awards 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 14, 2020

The Members, Church of God International (MCGI) received the highest recognition at the Dugong Bayani Awards 2019 of the Philippine Blood Center and the Department of Health (DOH).

For the eighth consecutive year, MCGI received the Jose Rizal Award for having the highest number of blood donors in the country.

The Jose Rizal Award is awarded to organizations who were able to donate 2,000 bags of blood in a year.

According to the DOH, the MCGI was able to donate 5,801 bags within a year which is the highest for 2019.

“Alam naman natin na iyong ating ginagawa ay [upang] hindi tayo maghabol ng pagkilala ng tao kundi ang mahalaga, makatulong tayo sa ating kapwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know that we are not doing this for the recognition but what is important is we are able to help our fellowmen in need)” according to MCGI representative Danny Navales.

The DOH has also awarded different government agencies, private sectors, and individuals who had huge contributions to the agency’s blood donation campaign.

“Voluntary blood donation is very important kasi ang dugo, hindi natin iyan nama-manufacture. Nakukuha lang natin ang dugo sa donasyon ng ating kapwa tao (because blood cannot be manufactured. We only get blood from our fellowmen),” according to Philippine Blood Center Medical Officer III Dr. April Charlotte Andal.

The DOH continues to encourage the public to donate blood.

The MCGI regularly conducts blood donation drives at all Ang Dating Daan Coordinating Centers across the country and abroad. This is part of the advocacy campaign of Brother Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of helping people in need.

“Kailan pa man at tayo’y binibigyan ng Panginoong Dios ng mabuting pagkakataon ay makaaasa ang ating mga kababayan na patuloy pa po nating palalaguin o pagyayabungin pa ang ganitong pagtulong sa kapwa (As long as God is giving us the opportunity, rest assured that we will continue to help others),” Navales said.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda)

MCGI receives third Gold Award from Singapore Red Cross

Marje Pelayo   •   July 1, 2019

SINGAPORE – Singapore Red Cross has accorded more than 1,600 blood donors as well as community partners in a recognition ceremony on June 29, 2019.

The SRC made the recognition as a gesture of gratitude in celebration of the 16th World Blood Donor Day.

During the occasion, the SRC was pleased to announce that more than 29,000 patients benefited from a total of 116,000 blood units donated by more than 73,000 active blood donors last year.

During the ceremony held at Downtown East, the SRC together with the Health Sciences Authority (HAS) accorded 21 champion blood donors with the Medal for Life Award, the highest honor given to blood donors who have contributed more than 200 blood units.

The annual ceremony also recognized some of the 35 corporate and community blood-mobile organizers for their invaluable contributions to the growing blood donors’ pool in Singapore.

The Members Church of God International (MCGI), as among the blood-mobile organizations, received its third Gold Award for sharing a total of 500 blood units last year.

“We thank GOD for every opportunity to do good. MCGI Singapore shares the love by donating blood. It is a continuing act of the church thru the leadership of Bro Eli and Kuya Daniel. We thank the Singapore Red Cross for being our faithful partner through the years,” expressed MCGI’s Representative Robert Navoa.

The group has been an active partner of SRC in its blood donation drives for years now and it is constantly encouraging the public to join them in this noble endeavor.

“Nananawagan (kami) sa inyo na samahan po natin ang ating mga mangangaral sa paggawa ng mabuti. Ang pag-donate ng dugo ay isa sa kabutihang itinuturo sa atin, (We call on your support to our Preacher’s advocacy of doing good. Donating blood is one good deed being taught to us,)” said Oli Caraan, an MCGI representative.

“Sa ngalan po ng MCGI blood mobile organizers sa Singapore nagpapasalamat po kami una sa Dios at inaanyayahan po namin ang aming mga kababayan na patuloy po suportahan ang Red Cross sa Blood Donation Drive (On behalf of the MCGI blood-mobile organizers in Singapore, we thank first God for this and we encourage our compatriots to continuously support Red Cross in its blood donation drives),” added Archie Federico, also of MCGI.

Blood donation is a very important task for the community, according to Benjamin Williams, the Secretary General and CEO of Singapore Red Cross.

“If we do not have sufficient blood then the important things like essential medical services may be hindered so we are always constantly encouraging people who are healthy to donate blood. In particular, in the case of Singapore and many countries, we want to encourage young people to donate blood,” he said.

Singapore is an aging population, he noted, and as a person ages, he or she is not able to donate blood that’s why he emphasizes on the importance of constantly encouraging young people to donate, especially those in their healthy age of 16.

“We have a long journey of blood donation and it will help to ensure that the country has a safe and adequate supply of safe blood,” Williams concluded.

Aside from being one of Singapore’s blood-mobile organizers, the MCGI also renders different public services for Filipinos and foreign nationals alike including free international calls to the Philippines for overseas Filipino workers, free blood pressure checkup, free vitamins and computer lessons for OFWs.

The group is also engaged in various wellness programs for senior citizens in Singapore in cooperation with the NTUC Health from which, the MCGI is expecting to receive another recognition come July this year. – with details from Annie Mancilla | UNTV Singapore

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