Army reservists from the 1502nd Ready Reserve Infantry Battalion (1502RRIBn) of the 1502nd Community Defense Center (1502CDC) took part in a multi-sector blood drive in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur on Friday, November 5, 2021.
According to Lt. Col. Maria Teresa Baylon (Res) 1502RRIBn Commanding Officer, who also serves as a professor in Philippine Normal University (PNU) Mindanao, 35 blood bags were collected from the reservists and civilian donors.
The activity was organized by PNU Mindanao in collaboration with Timberland Masonic Lodge No. 219, Agusan Marsh Masonic Lodge UD, Communication Link Emergency Assistance Network, Philippine Red Cross, 2003rd Ready Reserve Combined Armed Brigade, Agusan del Sur Provincial Police Office, Bayugan National Comprehensive High School, and Tau Gamma Phi-Bayugan City Chapter.
“The ‘Dugong Alay,Dugong Buhay’ initiative highlights the vital role of reservists in nation-building. We have been mobilizing our reservists to support critical blood donation missions, especially during this pandemic,” Lt. Col. Baylon said.
Army reservists also participated in a multi-sector blood donation drive organized by the Philippine Red Cross in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Andres Centino provided advice on how to bolster the Army’s reserve component.
“The Philippine Army leadership is committed to the development of a capable and mobilizable reserve force that will effectively complement our regular troops through the conduct of humanitarian assistance, disaster response, and other non-combat missions,” Lt. Gen. Centino said.
In the event of a war, invasion, insurrection, or national emergency, the reserve force serves as a base for increasing the armed forces.
The Philippine Reservists Act (Republic Act 7077) requires reserve units to help in disaster relief and rescue activities, as well as socio-economic development projects.