By Ella Mae Gonzales
As part of Teacher’s Day celebration, a bloodletting project organized by the DepEd Division of Antipolo City led by its superintendent Dr. Rommel C. Bautista, was held last September 29, 2017.
San Jose National High School, with principal Dr. Rommel S. Beltran, was host of the event held in cooperation with Dugong Alay, Dugtong Buhay Inc. with its founder Nap Marilag and in partnership with the different schools in Antipolo City, Rotary Club of Metro Antipolo District 3800, Rotary Club of Antipolo Centro District 3800, Philippine National Police Antipolo, and Antipolo Fire Department held at the covered court of San Jose National High School.
The program was made lively by the performances of San Jose National High School’s Mukha Chorale who led the singing of the national anthem, CALABARZON March, Rizal Mabuhay and the Antipolo Hymn.
A heart-warming interpretative dance about saving life was presented by San Jose National High School’s Maharlika Dance Troupe.
Beltran and Public Schools District Supervisor Marilou Lico welcomed the participants for their willingness to sacrifice for others and donate blood. Albeno Del Monte, Jr., a Senior Education Program Specialist on Social Mobilization and Networking at DepEd Division of Antipolo City gave instructions on the process of bloodletting.
Donors were made to undergo a health screening to check if they are qualified to donate blood.
The event with the theme “Dugtong Buhay: Dugong Alay ng mga Gurong Kaagapay” was attended by teachers, principals, and students from different schools alongside volunteers from different places.
The project was made successful with the help of the two hospitals who conducted the bloodletting, Manila East Medical Center and Philippine Orthopedic Center. The blood collected will go straight to the blood banks of these two hospitals.
Teachers from different schools in Antipolo City become united in this event to donate blood which is also for the benefit of the teachers who are experiencing different sickness and illness and sometimes have a hard time finding blood that will help them sustain their lives.
This project is important because the supply of blood in blood banks in our country is not adequate to supply the growing need of the public. Also, this activity is meant to raise awareness on how the community can help in response to the shortage of blood in blood banks.