UNTV at Members Church of God International, nakiisa sa blood donation drive ng Singapore Red Cross

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Ang isang Indian na nakiisa rin sa blood donation drive ng Singapore Red Cross (UNTV News)

Ang isang Indian na nakiisa rin sa blood donation drive ng Singapore Red Cross, kasama ang MCGI at UNTV volunteers (UNTV News)

Singapore – Sa pakikipagtulungan ng Members Church of God International, nakibahagi ang UNTV volunteers dito sa Singapore sa blood donation drive ng Singapore Red Cross.

Hindi lamang mga Pilipino kundi maging ang ibang mga lahi ay sumama upang magbigay ng kanilang dugo at makatulong sa kapwa.

“Maganda din sa kalusugan ‘pag nag-donate ng dugo, kaya malaking tulong din yung UNTV sa magandang proyektong ganito”, ani Mark Barroba na isang blood donor.

“Yung main purpose niya is to help other people. Para marecognize ‘yung Filipino community”, saad naman ni Michael Montenegro na isa rin sa mga nag-donate ng dugo.

Sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng dugo ay makapagliligtas tayo ng buhay. Iyan ang isa sa adhikain ng UNTV na sinusuportahan ng mga kababayan nating volunteer blood donors dito sa Singapore.

Nagpasalamat naman ang team ng Singapore Red Cross sa suporta ng UNTV sa kanilang kampanya na makaipon ng dugo na maibabahagi naman sa nangangailangan.

“Nagpapasalamat ang HSA at Red Cross sa UNTV for organizing this event kase nakakatulong sila sa community ng Singapore for helping all those patients and cancer needs…needs the blood donations, the blood transfusions.  Malaking bagay  ang suporta ng Filipino, especially ang UNTV, para sa collection ng aming dugo para tumaas”, pahayag ni Candy Caraig na siyang Team Leader ng Singapore Red Cross.

“UNTV, happy 10th anniversary and go for it. We’re looking forward for more blood drive like this”, dagdag pa nito.

Out of 170 registered blood donors, 137 bags ng dugo ang naibigay ng grupo. (Maila Guevarra, UNTV News)

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

Serbisyong Kasangbahay: Over 200 residents served in UNTV, MCGI medical mission

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 14, 2019

There is fear in Lydia Luta’s heart.

The 48-year-old widow has been suffering from a lung complication for more than a year. Almost everyday, she experiences backaches, coughing, and fever.

Despite this, she continues to work hard. Ever since her husband died, she had to become both a mother and a father to their two grandchildren who were left under her care.

She had no choice but to set aside her pain so that she can earn money by collecting metal scraps in garbage dumps.

Lydia is among the 277 residents of Barangay Calumpang, in Calumpit, Bulacan who received free medical assistance in the medical mission of UNTV and Members Church of God International’s (MCGI).

“Sumuka ako ng dugo tapos inuubo ako kaya ngayon nagpa-check up ako, maraming salamat nagamot ako ng doktor nabigyan ako ng gamot, natatakot ako baka maiwanan ko sila, (I threw up blood and I have a cough. Thankfully, I had a doctor examine me and I was given medicine. I am afraid that I might leave my family behind),” she said.

Meanwhile, her granddaughter, Sarah Paloma, has a really bad toothache. Sarah recalled that sometimes she is unable to eat because of the pain.

Sarah had her tooth removed during the medical mission and was grateful for it.

“Minsan po kapag sumasakit ang ngpin ko, sakit din po ng tenga, sakit din po ng ulo, nagpapasalamat po ako na may libreng bunot ng ipin, (Sometimes when my tooth hurts, my ears would as well and I will have a headache. I am thankful for the free tooth extraction)” she said.

UNTV and MCGI’s medical mission also provided free eye checkup and glasses, free laboratory exam including CBG, ECG. They also provided biomechanics and free circumcision.

They also offered free haircut for men and free legal consultation.

According to Calumpang barangay chairman Arnel Faustino, over 3,000 residents were able to avail the free medical services of UNTV and MCGI every month.

“Maraming salamat po Kuya Daniel [Razon]. Magmula noong una hanggang sa kasalukuyan hindi po kayo nagsawa na magbigay ng medical mission at maghandog ng serbisyo sa amin, (Thank you kuya Daniel Razon for your continuous medical mission and for the other services offered)” he said.—(with reports from Nestor Torres)

#WorldBloodDonorDay: WHO urges people to give blood, save lives

Robie de Guzman   •   June 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged the public to donate blood ahead of the celebration of the World Blood Donor Day on June 14 (Friday).

In a Twitter post, the WHO Philippines called on the public to participate in a blood donation drive they will organize with the Philippine Blood Center on June 13 (Thursday).

The bloodletting activity will be held in Sta. Cruz town, Manila from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“In early celebration of #WorldBloodDonorDay, WHO Philippines will be organizing a blood donation drive on 13 June, with the Philippine Blood Center,” the WHO Philippines announced.

“Join us at our office inside the @DOHgov compound from 9am to 4pm. Donate blood, save lives!” the agency added.   

According to the WHO website, the theme for this year’s campaign is blood donation and universal access to safe blood transfusion, as a component of achieving universal health coverage.   

The slogan “Safe blood for all” was also developed to raise awareness on the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and the crucial roles that voluntary donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

The WHO said the theme aims to strongly encourage more people all over the world to donate blood regularly, and to urge all governments and health authorities to provide adequate resources and implement systems to increase blood collection, promote/implement appropriate clinical use of blood, and to set up policies for the oversight and surveillance on the whole chain of blood transfusion.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III emphasized the need for blood especially during rainy season when mosquito-borne disease called dengue is more prevalent in the Philippines.

“That’s the time when you will have to consider ensuring availability of blood. In areas of identified hotspots, you have to ensure that delivery units have adequate stock of blood,” Duque said.

Aside from raising awareness, according to the WHO, the event also “serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.”The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2019 is Rwanda and the global event will be held in Kigali on June 14.

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