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LGU’s Valentine bloodletting fills 246 blood bags for Red Cross

Two hundred forty six (246) bags of blood will hike up the blood supply of Philippine Red Cross – Sultan Kudarat as the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Tacurong concluded its “Alay Dugo sa Araw ng mg Puso” bloodletting act on February 14, 2021, at the Tacurong City Cultural and Sports Center.

While this figure has exceeded the LGU’s anticipation of 150 blood bag collection, the collected blood, however, will still undergo series of tests to pass as safe for blood transfusion and some will be properly discarded once screening results state otherwise.

The event was carried out as part of the Disaster Response and Disaster Preparedness to cater to the high volume demand of blood in the province amplified by the coronavirus pandemic. The bloodletting was also pushed through to compensate for the cancelled blood donation last year due to the current crisis.

LDRRM Officer Rodrigo Jamorabon expressed his appreciation to the supportive efforts of various individuals from Philippine Army 6O1st Infantry Brigade, First Mechanized Brigade, 40th Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Battalion, Joint Task Force – Talakudong, Bureau of Fire Protection – Tacurong, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Association of Barangay Council, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), City Schools Division of Tacurong, 4Ps beneficiaries, Junior Chamber International (JCI) – Tacurong Kampilan, ASEANA Marketing, LGBTQ+ Community, City Health Office, City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), and civilians from different walks of life.

LGU-Tacurong, along with its partner-stakeholders, was able to prepare and distribute ‘arroz caldo’, ‘balut’, soft drinks, bread, and coffee for the replenishment of the donors’ energy after their blood extraction. Female donors have also received red roses at the venue in commemoration of Valentine’s Day. (DEC, LGU-TacInfo)

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Tacurong gets new firetruck from BFP, DILG

The City of Tacurong received one brand new unit of Jiangte fire truck from the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen S. Sarmiento and BFP Chief Ariel Bayuga personally turned over the keys of the brand new fire truck to Tacurong City Mayor Lina O. Montilla and City Fire Chief Marjorie Genna Aggabao-Resurreccion during a turnover ceremony on February 19, 2016 at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City.

Tacurong City’s fire truck was one of the 155 units turned over during the event. These are the third batch of fire trucks bought from China to be deployed into active service. The DILG and BFP have previously turned over 350 units.

These trucks have 1,000-gallon capacity fire engines and can spew out water as high up as 65 to 75 meters, or around the height of a two-storey building. The trucks are made of stainless steel, and built to pass through steep roads.

“Our new fire truck brings good news to the city. New equipment gives us additional advantage during incidents. We will make sure that this will be efficiently used to save lives and protect the properties of our people,” said Mayor Montilla.

The new fire truck will arrive in Tacurong on or before March 2016. (Jezereel Billano-Fabreag, LGU Information)

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