The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) recognized 190 blood donation partners from Central Luzon for supporting the organization’s life-saving services.
During the PRC National Kadugo Awarding Ceremony, Chairman Richard Gordon expressed gratitude to blood donors and blood donation partners—noting that their commitment is beneficial to assist indigent Filipinos affected by dengue crisis, armed conflicts and catastrophic illnesses.
“We live in a very challenging time because of dengue. Your support enabled us to provide the blood needs in most affected communities. You give without counting the costs,” Gordon said.
The event recognized companies, organizations, and local government bodies from Bulacan, Bataan, Aurora, Pampanga, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Olongapo, and Tarlac that supported the Red Cross’ blood programs by organizing mass blood donations.
This year’s Outstanding Blood Service Partners of the Year in Central Luzon, awarded to institutions that reached over 10 years of partnership with PRC, are Sanyo Denki Philippines, Inc., Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce, Provincial Government of Tarlac, Municipal Government Of Paniqui, and Tarlac State University.
Meanwhile, the Aurora Aragon Quezon Medal Award, one of the highest recognitions from PRC, was given to Vic Roel Ferrer, treasurer of the Nueva Ecija Chapter, for his “dedication and hard work in furthering the ideals of the Red Cross Movement.”
Since 2013, Ferrer has actively supported PRC in expanding the local Chapter’s capacity to respond to humanitarian challenges by establishing a partnership with Nueva Ecija Contractors Association, leading fundraising drives, and allocating personal resources to hold disaster relief activities.