CAMP PERALTA, Jamindan, Capiz, Aug. 16 -- At least 50 bags of blood were donated by the Army soldiers in Panay in a two separate bloodletting activity in Iloilo City as part of the campaign versus dengue.
On August 14, the 301st Infantry (Bayanihan) Brigade, 61st Infantry (Hunter) Battalion, and 6th Regional Community Defense Group (6RCDG) participated in Iloilo City-sponsored bloodletting activity in partnership with Philippine National Red Cross and Western Visayas Medical Center at Plaza Libertad.
The same activity was conducted by the Office of Student Services, St. Therese MTC Colleges - Magdalo in collaboration with the Army's 53rd Engineering Brigade and Philippine National Red Cross at Magdalo Street, La Paz, Iloilo City on August 15.
The bloodletting activities aim to ensure adequate supply of blood for patients suffering from mosquito-borne disease and those in need.
Both activities were flooded by overwhelming support and participation from the different sectors of the society specifically government security forces, government employees, barangay officials, bar owners, youth organization, and students.
Major Genera Dinoh Dolina, the commander of the Army's 3rd Infantry (Spearhead) Division said, "As your Army in Panay, you can always count on us especially in difficult times where our people need us most. We understand that convergence of efforts is vital to prevent the killer disease from harming more people; hence, we are always ready to commit our medical and material resources to augment any effort against dengue."
Recently, the 3ID, together with the Manila-based Army General Hospital, deployed medical staff as an augmentation force to the Iloilo City Hydration Unit's medical personnel catering dengue patients.
Aside from medical personnel, the Spearhead Division also lent folding beds and tents to the city government to be utilized as temporary medical facilities. (JBG/Cpt. Cenon Pancito III/3ID-DPAO)