Jaycees, Red Cross ink pact
Dagupan City (9 February) -- Jaycees from Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Ilocandia, Cagayan Valley and the Zambales regions trooped to the Museo ng Dagupan last Friday and forged an agreement with the Philippine National Red Cross to establish a comprehensive blood type information directory, launch community drives to boost blood buffer stocks, and support community-led emergency response activities through the Red Cross 143 program.
"Our nation needs brave, defiant and proactive pioneers like the Jaycees to bring better health and safety consciousness to our communities," Senator Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross said, who came over to lead the signing ceremony.
Senator Gordon recalled that during July 1990 earthquake, emergency response, recovery and rehabilitation efforts were ushered in by "the power of humanity through bayanihan and volunteerism in action."
JCI member Red Erfe-Mejia, area project director, said Jaycees from Regions 1-3 have strongly committed themselves to establish the directory and promote improved civic engagement in programs of the Philippine National Red Cross.
"We are ready, efficient and dedicated. We can meet this challenge." he declared before Senator Gordon, JCI national executive vice president Ryan Ravanzo and presidents of various local chapters after the agreement was signed in a simple ceremony witnessed by local Red Cross directors led by Provincial Board Members Alfonso Bince and Jeremy Rosario, Vice Mayor Ferdinand Galang and actress Maybeline dela Cruz-Fernandez.
The program was inspired by the initiative of city administrator Alvin Fernandez who created Dagupan City's first comprehensive blood type information directory. Last June 2008, Fernandez was inducted into the elite Galloners circle of the Philippine National Red Cross, and now a full-time Red Cross Platinum member. (DOS/PIA Pangasinan/CIO) [top]