“When my father underwent dialysis treatment and always needed blood transfusion, we could always rely on the blood bank. Now that he’s gone, I want to repay those people who donated their blood so patients, like my father, could live a little bit longer. That’s why I’m donating my own blood today; this is my way of saying thank you.”

This was Meliden Fusingan, a SPED teacher at Pilot Elementary School, as she nervously yet eagerly fell in line during the Dugong Konsehal Bloodletting last September 10, 2015 at the CDRMMC building.

The bloodletting drive is an initiative of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, as spearheaded by Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito and Councilor Rodrigo Jamorabon, with the theme “Para sa Kapamilya… Dugo Mo, Dugo Ko”; the activity was in connection with the 19th Philippine Councilors Week.

Eight nurses from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Sultan Kudarat – Tacurong chapter composed the extraction team headed by Rey Larroza, RMT, and three members of the Department of Health (DOH) Tacurong Office assisted in the different stages of the blood letting process.

At stage 1, members of the DOH team had prospective donors fill up a form inquiring about their medical history and other vital health information. Then their blood pressure and weight were measured and recorded. Once approved, they moved on to stage 2 where three members of the PRC extraction team collected their blood samples in order to identify their blood type. Each donor was then handed their own bloodletting kit, and then proceeded inside the CDRMMC building.

Inside the building, the rest of the PRC extraction team carefully guided the donors and eased them into bloodletting. Each donor did not take long, and after they filled their bags, they were rested for fifteen minutes.

After they have rested, a snack bar awaited them at the kitchen of the CDRMMC building sponsored by Vice Mayor Joseph George Lechonsito himself. Staff of the SP assisted the donors and provided them with the various prepared snacks to help them regain their strength.

The donors were mostly public school teachers, college students, LGU employees, barangay officials, NGA employees, private citizens, and members of the Armed Forces, Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Fire Protection.

By the end of the bloodletting drive, Councilor Jamorabon reported that they were able to collect 60 bags of blood. These donations will be processed for approval and will be ready when people need them. (Yen Robles, LGU Tacurong)