Thousands of civil servants are called to participate in the nationwide blood drive organized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) from 19 to 21 September to celebrate the 123rd Philippine Civil Service Anniversary (PCSA)

CSC Chairperson Karlo Nograles noted that the CSC, in partnership with the Department of Health - Philippine Blood Center (PBC) and SM Supermalls, organized the bloodletting activity with the theme “Dugtong Buhay, Handog ng Lingkod Bayan” to highlight the third week of Civil Service Month and encourage government workers to help increase blood reserves.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), the blood drive will be held in three locations: at the CSC Resource Center in Batasan Hills, Quezon City, at the PBC Building on Quezon Ave., Quezon City, and at SM Mall of Asia (Music Hall), Seaside Boulevard, Pasay City on 19, 20, and 21 September, respectively.

Meanwhile, CSC Regional Offices will conduct the blood drive in predetermined venues on the 3rd week of September from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We are looking forward to our bloodletting activity as this is one way of collectively showcasing volunteerism and malasakit sa kapwa among the 1.9 million civil servants. We give so others may live. This event is another way to show our appreciation to the gift of life that we are blessed with to serve the public,” said Chairperson Nograles.

According to CSC Human Resource Relations Office Director IV Ma. Theresa C. Fernandez, donating blood helps burn 650 calories per pint of blood donated. Extracting blood also lowers the risk of cancer by reducing iron content in the body. In addition, donating blood helps keep the heart healthy by lowering blood viscosity and reducing friction on arteries and blood vessels.

“While we want everyone to participate, donors will still be screened on the day of the activity based on medical guidelines. Only those who are fit and well will be allowed to donate. We encourage those who registered to sleep well, stay hydrated, eat healthy food,” reminded Director Fernandez.

Government employees participating in the bloodletting activity shall be deemed on official business on the scheduled dates. Qualified donors will be entitled to a one day compensatory time-off, pursuant to CSC-Department of Budget and Management Joint Circular No. 2, s. 2004.