First of all, congratulations to the TXTFire Philippines for the successful holding of a bloodletting event aimed at helping those who need blood but do not have the money to spend for it.
The entire family of TXTFire Philippines founder and head Gerie Chua were there to lead and handle the entire event, with the help of officers and members of the Philippine Blood Center headed by Dr. Andres S. Bonifacio.
Chua expressed thanks to the blood donors numbering 353 in all, along with the total of 151 new donors. The total Apheresis was 16.
The bloodletting themed, ‘Give Blood, Give Life’ is principally dedicated to our brave, silent heroes — the fire volunteers. The 15th bloodletting of TXTFire Philippines was held at the UBE Tower on Ongpin Street. Again, congrats!!!
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In the face of the coming storm, one man stood defiant and firmly announced that “the show must go on” for the 17th Boy Scouts of the Philippines (BSP) National Jamboree now being held at Camp Kainomayan, Botolan, Zambales.
He is BSP Secretary-General Rogelio S. Villa Jr., who pushed through with the holding of the Jamboree when he learned that Zambales would not be directly hit by the typhoon.
Villa said BSP has been preparing for a year and to call the Jamboree off would be a disappointment to the thousands of Boy Scouts who have waited and anticipated the triennial event for months. Some of the Scouts had to save their own money for registration.
A few days before the opening ceremony, when the camp which would be used for the jamboree has already been prepared and when all government agencies who got involved in the preparation were all ready to implement their own plans of action, the weather bureau had announced that typhoon ‘Tisoy’ would cross Luzon on December 1, the day of the opening itself.
When the opening finally arrived, there was no storm as expected, but when the weather bureau announced the magnitude and the reach of the typhoon, that’s when he decided to abandon the camp and to evacuate the 25,000 campers to different areas near the camp.
Villa mobilized all Scout leaders, coordinated with the local government of Botolan and Zambales as well as with other government agencies involved in the Jamboree, to secure participants and bring them all to safety before the storm started lashing at some areas of the country.
According to Villa, he was thankful that Zambales was not affected by the typhoon and after sleeping overnight and making sure that it was safe, he again mobilized the team and brought the whole participants to the camping site.
‘We have been checking the weather, watching the news and constantly consulting PAG-ASA for any storm that may come the way of the camp. We thank God that we were spared,” he told People’s Tonight.
Hundreds of Scout leaders, the BSP National Office Staff, some volunteers and even the local governments of Zambales were all very thankful to the good secretary-general who took control of the situation to make sure that all the Scouts who joined the 17th Jamboree would be safe and would have the adventure, fun and learning they so deserve. Kudos to the BSP! Kudos to Sec-Gen Villa!
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