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Valencia to hold medical mission, blood letting activity

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (14 August) -- The local government of Valencia will hold a medical mission in cooperation with Energy Development Corporation on Friday, August 15 from 8:00 in the morning to 12:00 noon at the Valencia Plaza.

Simultaneous to the medical mission is conduct of the annual blood letting activity in Valencia which is done in cooperation with he Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Negros Oriental Chapter.

Valencia Information Officer Des Tilos said the LGU is targeting a turnout of 100 blood donors on Friday to keep up with their record.

The blood letting activity in Valencia, which was started by Valencia Mayor Rodolfo Gonzalez, Jr. eight years ago, has already been institutionalized as the LGU consistently holds the record of having the highest number of blood donors in the province based on records from the PNRC here.

Mayor Gonzalez is glad that the other LGUs are now following suit and holding their own blood letting activities, said Tilos.

Tilos added that blood donors on Friday will receive a free check-up, T-shirt and rice and a two-days' off from work for government workers.

Meanwhile, the Philippine National Red Cross together with the International Red Cross are helping out in the relief operations in the affected barangays in Mindanao after MILF forces forcibly occupied 15 barangays in North Cotabato.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said that the government forces have finally dislodged some 200 MILF members in the said areas.

At his weekly media briefing in Malacanang, Ermita said he was told by Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro that government forces had "driven away the MILF renegades from occupied barangays."

According to Teodoro, police forces will remain in the area to ensure the safety of about 15,000 displaced families who are slowly trekking back to their homes.

"He (Teodoro) is hopeful that within two days a great majority (of the evacuees) will have already returned to their homes," Ermita said.

The armed clashes between the renegade MILF guerillas led by Commander Datu Umbra Kato and government forces started last Friday after the rebels illegally occupied certain areas in Midsayap, Aleosan and Pikit, all in North Cotabato.(RMN/PIA) [top]

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