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MAASIN CITY, April 7 (PIA) -- The Philippine Red Cross – Southern Leyte Chapter reported that 13 local government units (LGUs) in the province were able to achieve their blood collection target of one percent of their respective population in 2020.

Chapter Administrator Jonas Maco learned during the virtual Regional Blood Coordinating Council meeting last March 31, 2021 that more than half of the total LGUs in Southern Leyte reached their targeted blood collections despite the COVID -19 pandemic.

Maco reported that a total of blood collection reached 6,445 blood bags in 2020 which already represents more than 1 percent of the total population of the province.

The province of Southern Leyte had a total population of 421,750 as of 2015 (PSA Census of Population). This represented about 10 percent of the total population of Region VIII.

“In 2019, the local Red Cross chapter collected some 7,124 blood bags,” Maco added.

The 13 LGUs include Maasin City, Padre Burgos, Limasawa Island, Tomas Oppus, Sogod, Libagon, Lilo-an, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, San Juan, Anahawan, Hinunangan and Hinundayan, he said.

Administrator Maco further reported that out of seven provinces in Region 8, Southern Leyte ranked first, and out of 12 Blood Services Facility in the region, PRC SoLeyte Chapter ranked second next to EVRMC Blood Center in terms of the highest blood collection in 2019 up to 2020. (ldl/esg/PIA8 SoLeyte)