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Calamba ASCALS spearheads blood-letting for Laguna Red Cross blood bank needs

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna Feb.26 -– In response to more demands from patients in disaster-stricken areas and sick persons, the Association of Calamba Leaders (ASCALS) in cooperation with the Calamba City Sectoral Affairs office and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)-Calamba and Laguna chapters spearheaded the blood-letting activity at the city hall on Wednesday.

Millet Revano, head of the city’s Sectoral Affairs office, said Wednesday the blood-donation activity was the pioneering project of the ASCALS staring this year.

According Revano, ASCALS is an association of various sector leaders and officers of non-government and people’s organizations in Calamba in support of the city government’s projects and programs.

The organization plans to organize the blood donation program on a quarterly basis to the PRC-Laguna blood banks.

Of the 153 prospective donors who undertook the screening, tests and check-up, 83 persons passed as qualified blood donors according to Red Cross Calamba City chapter chairperson Lerma Pascual.

Red Cross Calamba officials also thanked the civic-spirited individuals and the ASCALS for their blood donations which overshot their target of about 30 individual donors per blood-letting activity.

Meanwhile, year 1974 alumni of the defunct Cabuyao Institute also donated P10,000 pesos to the Red Cross Cabuyao City for the international organization’s charity works.

Cabuyao City Mayor Isidro L. Hemedes Jr. who is one of the distinguished graduates of the Institute in 1974 led the turn-over of the financial donation recently.

Mayor Jun Hemedes initiated the donation through the support of his entire batch mates of alumni in the reunion spirit and in giving back to the community that fostered their bonds during their heydays at the institute.

City Councilor Cocoy Hemedes, who heads the Red Cross – Cabuyao received the check from the alumni at the Cabuyao City hall grounds.

Besides the donation to the Red Cross, Mayor Hemedes also thanked his successful batch mates for sponsoring the scholarship grants to eight students who have completed their college courses.

The eight scholars-graduates are children of their batch mates in need of educational and financial assistance. (PNA)

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