By Joyce Moresca and Trixia Ann Claire Biscocho
Supportive of the mission, to reach out to the least, the last and the lost, OLCA partnered with Philippine Red Cross - Batangas Chapter and hosted a blood-letting, March 17, 2018.
The registration started at 7 A.M.. School offices which served as official centers for the activity were prepared by the assigned key persons.
After filing out personal information sheets, donors underwent series of medical check-up which included getting of pulse rate, weight and blood pressure.
Blood typing was done by certified phlebotomists. Screened and approved blood donors then proceeded to the assigned blood letting rooms, Campus Ministry Room and school clinic. With other certified Red Cross phlebotomists, blood donation commenced at around 7:30 A.M.
OLCA teachers and staff did not have an idle moment as everyone actively involved as registration officer, usher, documentation assistant or blood donor.
According to PO1 Roy Reyes, a third-time blood donor, the program was good for it aimed at helping patients specially the dying.
"It is a regular activity of the PNP required of us by their Provincial Director. It is a part of their police community relation activity," PO2 Ailyn Flores said.
Flores remarked that the organizers must have communicated with other local police stations for a much wider participation and bigger number of donors.
"A pint of blood you donate is such a big help for others," she added.
Aside from police, there were also office workers, senior high and college students, teachers from public schools and other professionals who took part in this event.
This activity was a testimony that OLCAn for Others, the school's community relations program is a progressive platform which offers wide array of activities for the community at large and adopted community.
OLCA is a Christ –centered learning community that evangelizes the whole person to become leaders of the society.
OLCA develops competent and upright individuals in the service of the Catholic Church.