Camp Bahian, Malaybalay City – The 403rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, in collaboration with the Philippine Red Cross-Malaybalay Chapter, the City Health Office of Malaybalay City, the Lion’s Club of Maramag and Malaybalay City, the Eagle’s Club and POINTY-Bukidnon Youth Organization, commemorated the World Blood Donor Day through the conduct of a bloodletting activity with the theme: “What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often.” around 9:00 am today, June 14, 2017, at Camp Osito D. Bahian Function Hall, Brgy. Impalambong, Malaybalay City, Bukidon. The activity, which is aimed at helping the victims of the Marawi City incident – uniformed men and civilians alike, through the Philippine Red Cross, yielded around 25,650 cc of blood from 57 donors composed of soldiers and other civilian participants.
The bloodletting activity is a quarterly program of the 403rd Infantry Brigade that is conducted in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and in collaboration with different local government units and agencies and civil society organizations in Bukidnon. In her message during a short program, Ms. Hera Gamungan, OIC of the Philippine Red Cross – Malaybalay City Chapter, expressed her appreciation to the men and women of 403rd Infantry Brigade for their constant support to the Philippine Red Cross in terms of blood donations and especially now that there is a need for blood for the wounded police and military personnel as well as civilian victims who were affected by the Marawi City incident. “It is very timely that we are conducting our bloodletting activity today because we are celebrating the World Blood Donor Day today and every 14th day of June each year. I am very thankful to the members of the 403rd Infantry (Peacemaker) Brigade for being a constant partner in our advocacy of giving safe blood to those who are in need. But more than that, it is very helpful and meaningful that we are conducting this activity today because we know that there is a need for ample supply of blood right now for all those who were wounded and affected by the Marawi Crisis.” – says Ms. Gamungan.
Likewise, in his message, COL ERIC C VINOYA INF (GSC) PA, Commander, 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4ID, PA, mentioned that donating one’s blood is the most precious gift that a person could give to another. He also assured everyone that the Brigade would continue to conduct the bloodletting activity every quarter as he encouraged all Peacemaker Troopers to give their wholehearted support by participating in the said program. “The most precious gift that a person could give to another is the gift of life and it is well endowed through donating one’s blood. It saves another person’s life even if you do not know that person. We would like to thank our partner organizations especially the Philippine Red Cross – Malaybalay City Chapter, and all those who are present here today, for helping us realized the activity that we are conducting today and for allowing us also to help our fellow soldiers who were wounded in the fighting in Marawi City, as well as the civilians who were also affected by the ongoing crisis, through blood donation. We should be doing this on a regular basis that is why I encourage every Peacemaker soldier to continue engaging in this kind of activity so that in our own little way, we can help other people and at the same time, maintain our healthy condition.” – says COL VINOYA.