MALOLOS CITY, Bulacan – Hundreds of blood donors from different parts of the province graced the birthday celebration of Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando at the Capitol Gym here Friday by giving the “ gift of life” as they donated more than 200 blood bags for the yearly blood-letting drive of the province’s second top provincial official.
Fernando also celebrated his birthday by gifting the Bulakenyos with livelihood assistance.
Fernando, who is also the founder of Damayang Filipino Movement, Inc., led the Mass Graduation of some 247 graduates under the Damayang Filipino Livelihood Program held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city.
Dubbed as “Pangkabuhayan Mo, Sagot Ko Paunlarin Mo”, there were 45 graduates of soap making, 55 for candy making and 157 for massage therapy.
Also, 104 persons were given livelihood starter kits.
“Nais namin na makita kayong may pinagkakakitaan dahil iba na ang may alam, pinag-aralan at may hanapbuhay dahil ito ang magagamit ninyong panlaban sa kahirapan,” Fernando said.
Further, the bloodletting activity was able to encourage 500 screened participants wherein more than 200 blood bags were collected and turned over to the Bulacan Medical Center.
The vice governor thanked his long-time partner in public service– Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado for his unwavering support. He also thanked the mayors of Bulacan headed by Guiguinto Mayor Ambrosio “Boy” Cruz Jr., president of the League of Municiplaities-Bulacan Chapter.
“Masaya po ako sa aking birthday dahil nakita ko ang buong suportang ipinagkaloob ng aking mga kababayan at kaibigan lalo na ang Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Bulacan sa pangunguna ni Gob. Willy Alvarado at ng mga bokal,“ Fernando said.
The vice governor also thanked the offices, agencies, volunteers and other personalities who made the event possible including the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Bantay Bayan Higway Patrol Group, scholars, Guardians Anti-Crime, Rescue 117, Scout Riders Club, Calumpit Rider, 48th Infantry Guardian Battalion, Goyong Battalion, Bulacan Medical Center, Provincial Health Office-Public Health, Tau Gamma Phi, Bigkis Bulacan Movement, Lt. Col Victor Mendoza, Tech. Sergeant Roger Paguio, local Government units, NGOs, media, and Damayang Filipino Movement Inc. among others.
Fernando said that the Damayang Filipino foundation will always be ready to serve the needs of Bulakenyos particularly in the field of health care, livelihood opportunities and education. —EMIL G. GAMOS