Soldiers, police, and reservists join the blood-letting activity held at the GHQ Canopy Area in Camp Aguinaldo on 02 September 2017 as part of the “Dugo Para Sa Kapayapaan,” an initiative held in line with the National Peace Consciousness Month. (Photo by SSg Obinque/PAOAFP)
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) joined the Dugong Alay, Dugtong Buhay Inc. (DADBI) in their simultaneous bloodletting activity dubbed as “Dugo Para Sa Kapayapaan” being held in respective AFP and PNP headquarters and Unified Commands, Saturday, 02 September 2017.
“Dugo Para sa Kapayapaan”, in line with the National Peace Consciousness Month, aims to help save lives by giving free and safe blood that would benefit the wounded government security forces fighting in Marawi and other victims of the crisis. Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Department of National Defense, was the Guest of Honor and Speaker.
“Around 2,000 AFP reservists, soldiers, policemen, and civilian employees have donated in the activity,” Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Office Chief said.
The event is led by DADBI with its Chairman and Founder Mr. Napoleon Marilag in coordination with the AFP Peace and Development Office, AFP Reserve Command, PNP Peace Office, and other “peace stakeholders”.
DADBI is a non-government organization which is an active partner of AFP Reserve Command in previous bloodletting activities. They were more than willing to arrange blood extraction requirements at no cost from their partner hospitals, including facilities and snacks for blood donors.
“One of the most crucial needs of our wounded soldiers, and most patients in all public and private hospitals, is blood. Which is why the AFP is very thankful for DADBI in initiating this event and for all the donors who have participated,” AFP Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año said.
“Of course in this peace month, we are hoping that no one will have the need for blood. But this gesture alone manifests the recognition of our sacrifices and the risks involved in our duties in the uniformed services,” General Año added.