Blood shortage has been one of the most pres-sing problems experienced by many hospitals in the Philippines.
For this reason, the Philippine Red Cross has been working double time to make sure there is ample supply of blood for Filipinos who need it.
To encourage more blood donations, Red Cross ties up with different insti-tutions from both govern-ment and the private sector for bloodletting activities.
Among the private companies who yielded to the call of the Philippine Red Cross is Phoenix Pet-roleum Philippines through its foundation arm Phoenix Philippines Foundation.
“When we started, we were only able to donate 12 bags,” said Ben Sur, Phoe-nix Philippines Petroleum manager for corporate affairs. “But eventually, our employees gained an ap-preciation of the blood-letting activities and now we can donate at least 300 bags of blood.”
Sur said the partnership with Red Cross has helped both institutions in times of need, in life or death situations.
Red Cross Blood prog-ram coordinator Rizh Abel-lano said the roles played by the partners of Red Cross are crucial to the success of the mission of the institution.
“A bag of blood can save a life, and we are thankful to Phoenix Philip-pines Foundation for heeding our call,” said Abellano.
Sur on the other hand hopes to increase the do-nation from its employees every year by providing appreciation seminars and other programs.
He also said the foun-dation is tying up with its adopted communities as well as industry partners for blood donations.
“When you give blood, you don’t give so much, but the impact of that one bag is significant to the person who requires it,” Sur said.
“We wish that as we go on this journey, we can encourage more people to donate blood.”