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CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal – A total of 166 soldiers of the 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division, Philippine Army took part in the blood donation campaign intended to beef-up blood reserve for dengue victims across the country early this week.

A total of 74,700 cubic centimeters of blood were collected from soldiers assigned in Southern Tagalog who responded to the call of the Commanding General of the Philippine Army’s call for “volunteerism to help victims of dengue.”

The activity was conducted simultaneously by different 2ID units in partnership with Philippine Blood Bank, Red Cross, Rural Health Units, Department of Health and other partner-agencies sharing the same advocacy of ending the dengue epidemic that the country is now facing.

Brigadier General Arnulfo Marcelo B Burgos Jr, Commander of 2ID,  said that “this noble undertaking is a testament of the soldier’s heroism and commitment to serve the people and save lives, be it in the battlefield or in the field of public health.”

He added that “the collaboration and synergy of efforts between and among the different partner-agencies is a living proof that the Filipinos’ Bayanihan Spirit is really very much alive in our midst.”

“Your soldiers are one with the DOH in their anti-dengue campaign. We are encouraging our soldiers to adopt the 4 o’clock habit that is to go out, search and destroy mosquito breeding sites”, ended BGen Burgos.

The blood donation campaign in all 2ID units will continue in order to increase the country’s blood reserve not only to support the requirements of dengue victims but also those of other medical cases.