Mga kawani sa kagamhanan gibansay-bansay alang sa dugang kaalam

Dako kaayo ang pondo nga gigahin sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa Baybay alang sa agriculture and fisheries, health and social services alang sa mga Baybayanon apan kinahanglan nga masayod ang matag buhatan sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa Baybay kon unsaon nga ikapa-abot kini ngadto sa mga intended clientele para ila kining mabatyagan.Mao kini ang gipalanog ni Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari atol sa gipahigayon nga Capacity Development Formulation Workshop sa mga kawani sa dakbayan sa Baybay.

Matud pani Mayor Cari nga kinahanglan nga tataw sa matag buhatan sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan ang katuyo-an sa ilang buhatan, ang mga programs and services nga iyang gitanyag sa ilang buhatan, ug kon unsaon nga maabot kini sa ilang mga kliyente.

Nunot niini, matud pa ni Mayor Cari nga gikinahanglan ang pagpataas pa sa kaalam sa mga kawani sa kagamhanan aron mahimo silang mas efficient sa ilang mga gimbuhaton.

Usa sa mga pamaagi aron makab-ot kining maong katuyuo-an mao ang pagpa-ubos sa mga empleyado sa ilang gikinahanglan nga mga pagbansay-bansay.

Angayang masayran nga maoy tuyo ni Mayor Cari nga maghimo og kaugalingon nga Facebook Page ang mga buhatan sa Baybay City LGU aron sayon na unya sa mga kliyente ang pag-access sa ilang mga serbisyo ug aron usab masayod ang mga Baybayanon sa nagkadaiyang mga programa ug serbisyo nga gitanyag sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga buhatan.

Nasayran nga gi-awhag usab ni Mayor Cari ang mga kabarangayan nga maghimo og ilang Facebook Page aron usab masayod ang mga molupyo sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga barangay sa ilang mga proyekto ug sa mga kalambo-an sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga barangay, ilabi na kadtong mga atua na magpuyo sa layong mga dapit.

Busa, pinaagi sa Gender and Development (GAD) Fund sa  Lokal nga Kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa Baybay, gihan-ay sa mga tigdumala sa Technology 4 Education, Employment, Entrepreneur, and Economic Development (Tech4ED) Center ang pipila ka mga pagbansaybansay karong tuiga alang sa mga kawani sa Lokal nga Kagamhanan, ingon man usab sa mga molupyo sa mga kabarangayan ‘ning dakbayan.

Nunot niini, napulo(10) ka mga government employees ang gipa-ubos dili pa lamang dugay sa Training on Graphics Design and Simple Animation. Kini aron sila kahatagan og dugang  kaalam sa inantigo nga presentasyon sa mga programs and services sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga buhatan.

Gilangkoban kini sa City Mayor’s Office, City Social Welfare and Development Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, City Health Office, City Agriculture Office, City Youth Development Office, ug sa City Information Office. Mi-apil usab sa maong pagbansay-bansay ang usa nga kawani sa Philippine National Police (PNP) ‘ning dakbayan.

Didto kini gipahigayon sa (Tech4ED) Center nga kasamtangang nahimutang sa City Information Office, Second Floor sa New Baybay City Hall, Diversion Road, Barangay Gaas ‘ning dakbayan diin silang Samuel Dawal Jr. ug Jason Ybañez ang nagsilbing mga Resource Persons.

Malaomon ang mga tigdumala sa Tech4ED Center ‘ning dakbayan nga makit-an sa ilang tagsa-tagsa ka mga Facebook Page ang ilang nakat-onan sa bahisgotang pagbansay-bansay.

Angayang masayran nga gikatakdang ipahigayon karong semanaha ang Training on Basic Computer Troubleshooting and MS Office Applications alang sa mga Barangay Secretaries sa 92 ka mga barangay sa dakbayan sa Baybay. (Marissa M. Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)

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Baybay City Continues its Programs Against Illegal Drugs

The second batch of five (5) reforming residents started their three (3) months of Residential Reformatory Program at the Balay Silangan Drug Reformation Center in Barangay Kilim of this city last March 7, 2022. However, since their court order states that they have to undergo rehabilitation for six (6) months, then they have to complete the 18 months after-care program still inside the Balay Silangan Drug Reformation Center.

This was revealed by City Social Welfare and Development Officer (CSWDO) and Center Director, Dr. Manuel Icon P. Donaire who also said that their graduation ceremony will probably be scheduled on September of this year.

It could be recalled that in November 25, 2021, the first batch of five (5) reforming residents of the Balay Silangan Drug Reformation Center received their Certificates of Completion after undergoing the Residential Reformatory Program of the center for three (3) months.

During his welcome remarks, CSWDO & Center Director Dr. Donaire thanked all the partner-agencies which led to the success of the implementation of the program.

These include the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Region 8 represented by Assistant Regional Director Atty. Benjamin Gaspi, 14th Infantry Battalion thru LTCOL ERNESTO DELA ROSA, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) thru SINSP MARVIN CUBIO, and the Parole and Probation Officer Jesus Berongoy. He also thanked City Health Officer and Baybay City Day-time Therapeutic Community Center Head, Dr. Norberto Oja and the Balay Silangan Reformation Center staff.

Dr. Donaire recalled, “It started in 2016 after the marching order of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte to strengthen the efforts of the Local Government Units against illegal drugs, the city established the first-ever Day-time Therapeutic Community Center not just in the region but in the entire country according to the Department of Health (DOH). Now, we are the first Local Government Unit in the region to operate the Balay Silangan Reformation Center.”

PDEA 8 ARD Atty. Gaspi seconded this statement and said that, “In Eastern Visayas, you (Baybay City LGU) are the first to have graduates of the Residential Reformatory Program and I am glad that the LGU is very supportive in the campaign against illegal drugs.”

While addressing the reforming residents, Atty. Gaspi said that, “But even if you have graduated from the program already, and you don’t have a family to support you and you won’t have your own source of income, you will soon be tempted to go back selling illegal drugs. Thus, you should be thankful that you have the support of your family and that of your LGU.”

According to Dr. Donaire, the graduates received a livelihood assistance of FIVE THOUSAND PESOS from the Baybay City LGU and TEN THOUSAND PESOS from Congressman Carl Nicolas Cari of the 5th District of Leyte. “The City also paid for their Skills Training on Motorcycle Small Engine Servicing NC II. They are now undergoing the 18-months After-Care Program, part of which is that they serve as Big Brothers to the new reforming residents so they report to the Balay Silangan on their assigned schedule,” added the Balay Silangan Center Director.

It could be recalled that the Balay Silangan Reformation Center in Baybay City also served as the After-care Facility of the Saving Lives at a Common Ground (SALAG) Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Dulag, Leyte thus their graduates come to the center for strength to avoid relapse.

Vice Mayor Butawan, on the other hand, said that, “During the early part of the campaign against illegal drugs, many died and were not given the chance to change and be a reformed person. But here in the City of Baybay, we established the Balay Silangan Reformation Center, we hired personnel, and provided funds for its operation, thru the Sangguniang Panlungsod of the City, to give you a chance to reform yourselves.”

“And because of our programs, thru which we attend to the persons who used drugs (PWUDs) and the pushers, the City Mayor, Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari received the awards as the 2020 National Anti-Drug Abuse Council ADAC Special Awardee and the 2019 Regional ADAC Functionality ADAC Awardee in Manila,” added Vice Mayor Butawan.

And since the PDEA had been encouraging other LGUs to also establish Balay Silangan and implement the Residential Reformation Program, representatives from the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Maasin City and Bato, Leyte came to the Balay Silangan Reformation Center for bench marking, while the Hindang, Hilongos and Matalom LGUs had been inquiring on how the City of Baybay did it. (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Officer, Baybay City, Leyte)

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BIDANI Strategy, LGUs legacy

Evidence-based planning is the key to successful program implementation. Thus, when the Visayas State University (VSU) presented in 2009 the Barangay Integrated Approach for Nutrition Improvement (BIDANI) Strategy, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Baybay City adopted the BIDANI Strategy as part of the LGU Program. Accordingly, Resolution No. 132 was approved during the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) of the City of Baybay on July 6, 2009.

During that time, however, the City still does not have data for the conduct of the Sectoral Planning and the Barangay Integrated Development Plan (BIDP). Hence, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on the use of the Barangay Management Information System (BMIS) Software was signed between the City Government of Baybay, the Barangay Local Government Units, and the Visayas State University (VSU) on January 15, 2010. The survey questionnaires were reproduced by the city and the Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) conducted the survey in their respective barangays.

The Baybay City LGU then hired 15 Emergency Encoders to facilitate the encoding of the BMIS Questionnaire from the 92 barangays and in 2011, the Barangay City Management Information System Book for Calendar Year (CY) 2010 was printed and distributed to various national and local agencies. This was utilized during the conduct of the first Sectoral Planning and in the crafting of the first 3-year Barangay Integrated Development Plan (BIDP) of the 92 barangays of the City of Baybay, which was facilitated by the BIDANI Personnel of VSU. Since then, the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) personnel has been conducting the sectoral planning and the BIDP every 3 years, with minimal supervision from the VSU-BIDANI Staff. However, starting in 2019, the Sectoral Planning and Assessment of the BIDP is conducted annually because Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari wants the Programs, Projects, and Activities (PPAs) of the city to be evidence-based.

The BMIS  was also institutionalized thru City Ordinance No. 07, Series of 2014 entitled, “An Ordinance creating the City Management Information System (CMIS) of the City of Baybay and Requiring the Creation of Barangay Management Information System (BMIS) in all 92 Barangays of Baybay City,” thus, in 2015, 2016 & 2017, the CMIS & BMIS Books were printed and provided to the 92 barangays of the city.

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) attended the Regional Gender and Development Council (RGADC) meeting in 2018, held at the Lintaon Convention Center, and during that time, the PCW identified BMIS for possible certification and replication as Gender and Development (GAD) Notable Project of Baybay City. True enough, the City of Baybay was recognized as the First Local Learning Hub in Region 8 during the Celebration of the National Women’s Month last March 8, 2019. This was held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) in Manila.

The BMIS also played a very important role in this time of pandemic as it was used as a tool for immediate and effective COVID-19 response, as follows: The BMIS data were used: 1) in identifying the Below Food Threshold families for the distribution of the relief goods; 2) in identifying the recipients for the Social Amelioration Program (SAP), and 3) in contract tracing (by identifying the household members of the COVID-19 patient for home quarantine).

Thus, to ensure the sustainability of the BMIS, the City of Baybay allocated funds for its implementation annually, from the 5% of its Gender and Development (GAD) Fund. The Local Chief Executive also issued Executive Order No. 14 creating the CMIS Team, the CMIS Ordinance was crafted, approved, and implemented; two (2) LGU employees were given regular positions to serve as BMIS in-charge, and the Baybay City LGU provides incentives to the barangays who are prompt in submitting their BMIS data.

Given this background about the BMIS, the City Mayor is hopeful that the enumerators will ensure that the data that they will submit to the CPDO are true and accurate because this is being used by the LGU in making huge decisions for the entire City of Baybay.

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Mayor Cari Shares the City’s Growth in Terms of the Local Industry at the Adaptive Governance and Innovation for Local Executives Webinar

Way back 1998, Baybay City was the biggest municipality in Region 8 but with very limited resources. Given the needs identified during the consultations with the barangay officials and the different sectors of the society, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Baybay, headed by the then Municipal Mayor then Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari, need to find other sources to finance its programs and services. Thus, they conducted an assessment of its resources and found out that Baybay is abundant in copra and abaca, during that time, so they went to Manila to introduce the municipality to a group of businessmen.

Then, investors came to visit the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Baybay and decided to invest in our beloved city. “Now we have the SC Global Coco Products, Incorporated, the Visayan Oil Mill, Specialty Pulp Manufacturing Incorporated, and the Green Carbon, Incorporated. Just lately, the Philippine Green Resources, Incorporated was also established in the city,” explained Mayor Cari.

These economic developments also paved the way to additional income to the residents of the barangays, where these industries are located, because they are either hired to work in the industry or sell food and other needs of the workers.

Asked what enticed him to invest in Baybay, the SC Global Coco Products, Incorporated Managing Director, Emmanuel S. Licup said that his considerations were the availability of the raw materials, proximity to the Cebu International Port, presence of basic infrastructure, farmer to market road, port facilities, very good roads, telecommunication, water supply and stable power supply, indispensable support from the LGU, through its City Investment Code, pro-active mindset of its officials, and the welcoming gesture of the Baybayanons.

The City’s Investment Code also paved the way to the establishment of banks, hotels, supermarket, malls and other establishments which helped improve the local economy of the city. Just lately, Mayor Cari revealed that there will be 14% decrease in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of all LGUs in the country in 2023. But because the locally-produced income of the city of Baybay City is high, we may expect only a 7% decrease in our IRA next year.

It could be recalled that Mayor Cari was recently invited to speak during the Adaptive Governance and Innovation for Local Executives (AGILE) Webinar for Local Government Units (LGUs), dubbed as “From Purse to Purpose: Sound Local Financial Management,” on July 12, 2022.  This was because the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Office 8 revealed that Baybay City is among the LGUs that was awarded the seal of Good Financial Housekeeping affirming the LGU’s honesty and full transparency and accountability in spending and auditing of public funds. As of May 27, 2022, only three (3) provinces, five (5) cities, and forty-five (45) municipalities in Eastern Visayas passed the Good Financial Housekeeping standards.

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DA RFO 8 RD Enriquez thanks Baybay City’s LCE for its all-out support to agriculture and fisheries

“I would like to acknowledge one of the Local Chief Executives (LCEs) in Region 8 who really support agriculture and I salute you on that, Mayor Jose Carlos L. Cari because seldom will you find the kind of LCE who gives all-out support to agriculture and fisheries.” This was revealed by the Department of Agriculture Regional Office 8 Regional Director Angel C. Enriquez during the Ground-breaking Ceremony of the Provincial Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Training, Development and Product Display Center held in Sitio Cienda, Barangay Gabas of this city.

It could be recalled that immediately after the consultations with the Punong Barangays, the youth sector, and the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on how the local government may help them, Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos Cari immediately mandated the assessment of all the resources in the city. “The assessment revealed that we have numerous water impounding areas, thus, we introduced the establishment of upland tilapia fishponds. From only one, we now have five tractors that are used to loosen and break up soil clods at depths below the level of traditional disk harrow, free of charge. We also provided them the tilapia fingerlings and the technical assistance. In return, all that we ask of them is for them to re-invest their income and ensure that their products will reach our public market,” explained Mayor Cari.

As of now, forty (40) upland tilapia fishponds sites, involving 390 individuals, have been established in 30 barangays of the city. They are now providing and addressing the demands for fish in their respective barangays and some of their produce are already being sold at the Baybay City Public Market. Furthermore, Mayor Cari also reminded them that, “For us to sustain this program, we established our own tilapia hatchery and we are now providing fingerlings not only to our tilapia growers but also to that of the nearby municipalities.”

The Baybay City LGU also rehabilitated the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and deployed hundreds of artificial reefs that will serve as breeding grounds for the fish and other marine species. The city, thru its Coastal Resources and Fishery Management Office (CRFMO), also seeded abalone and sea cucumber in nine (9) MPAs to attract more fishes which will eventually lead to the increase in fish catch of the fisherfolks and in the decrease of the price of fish at the Baybay City Public Market. The Coastal Resources and Fishery Management Office (CRFMO) personnel are conducting regular monitoring of the marine protected areas and noticed an increase in the number of fishes and fish species within the municipal waters of the City of Baybay.

And to ensure that the municipal waters of the city will be protected from encroachment, the City of Baybay provided 21 units of fiberglass motorboats to the Bantay Dagat members for them to watch over the MPAs in their respective barangays.

Meanwhile, in order to provide the needed vegetables at the Baybay City Public Market, the city also implemented the Climate-smart Integrated Crop Management. Mayor Cari explained that, “Under this program, the LGU also assisted the farmers in preparing the land for free, provided the seeds, fertilizer, and the technical assistance, through the City Agriculture Office, and just lately the Monterico Farmers Association conducted the “Monterico Farmers Day” which was featured in ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol.”

During the presentation of Mayor Cari in the Adaptive Governance and Innovation for Local Executives (AGILE) Webinar for Local Government Units (LGUs), dubbed as “From Purse to Purpose: Sound Local Financial Management,” on July 12, he revealed that 63 farmer-cooperatives from 22 barangays had benefited from this program. He added that 32 large-scale vegetable producers, in 14 barangays, also received protective structures to ensure the sustainability of vegetables in the market to minimize price increase.

“This program has provided them additional source of livelihood thus, we in the Local Government Unit of Baybay City pray that this program will sustain, through the efforts of the beneficiaries,” explained Mayor Cari.

He also revealed that he mandated the Internal Audit Services (IAS)  of the city to monitor these livelihood programs to ensure that the funds released by the Baybay City LGU indeed served its purpose to the fullest.

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Baybay City Prepares for the Worst

The Department of Health (DOH) reported that as of July 10, 2022, there are 13,000 COVID-19 cases in the country and this is higher than usual.  There is also an increasing positivity rate and a number of COVID-19 cases in the past few weeks. This was revealed by Medical Officer V Dr. Jerome Profetana of the Local Vaccination Operation Center (LVOC) of the City of Baybay during the City Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases (City IATF-MEID) yesterday (July 11, 2022). This was held at the City IATF-MEID Command Center located at Diversion Road, Barangay Cogon, Baybay City, Leyte.

Thus, Baybay City Mayor Hon. Jose Carlos L. Cari mandated Dr. Profetana to lead a meeting with the Immaculate Conception Hospital (ICH) and the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), “As early as now we must prepare against the possibility of another surge of COVID-19 cases in the region due to the possibility of another variant which caused the surge in COVID-19 cases in the country.”

Dr. Profetana also reported that as of July 11, 2022, Region 8 has 17 active COVID-19 cases three (3) of whom are from the Leyte Province, “The health care utilization in the region is higher than that of the national because we have a lower number of hospital beds and ICU compared to the national. Region 8 also has lower vaccination accomplishment (69.9%) compared to the national (78%).”

However, Dr. Profetana revealed that the vaccination rate in the City of Baybay is 81.36% and for the A2 (Senior Citizens) is also around 80-81%. “We are currently focusing our vaccination in the barangays and our target populations are the 5-11 years old. This is in preparation for the face-to-face classes on August 2022.” But Dr. Profetana clarified that they will also cater to other ages, both for the primary and booster shots, “They just have to go to the Vaccination Post.”

According to Dr. Profetana that as part of the Ramp-up Pediatric Vaccination they conduct the vaccination in the barangays on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and 600-700 children are vaccinated daily.

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Baybay City Local Blood Council: Its humble beginning

This picture was taken during the organizational meeting of the Baybay City Local Blood Council on February 17, 2018.

Baybay City Local Blood Council: Its humble beginning

The Baybay City Local Blood Council (BCLBC) was organized on February 17, 2018, with Baybay City Mayor Carmen L. Cari as the Honorary Chairman, in response to the need for blood, most especially by the indigent populace of the city.

The following are the officers and members of the Baybay City Local Blood Council (BCLBC).

Honorary Chairman     Hon. Carmen L. Cari – City Mayor

Chairman                      Dr. Norberto P. Oja – City Health Officer

Vice Chairman              SK Juanito V. Quero – Knights of Columbus

Secretary                      Dr. Cecillie Milan – City Health Office

Assistant Secretary      Marissa M. Cano – City Information Office

Treasurer                      Mr. Rochelle O. Batucan – Crystal Lions Club

Auditor                          Hon. Mandy G. Muñez – President, Liga ng mga

Barangay

 

Members             Hon. Vicente Veloso – City Councilor

Hon. Ernesto M. Butawan – City Councilor

Mr. Deogracias E. Pernitez – City Administrator

Dr. Honorato C. Jervoso Jr. – COH, WLPH

Dr. Carmela R. Tamayo – City Schools Division

Superintendent

Dr. Edgaro E. Tulin – VSU President

Sr. M. Grace Gerong, OSF – Directress, FCIC

Rev. Fr. Stanley Mepico – Parish Priest, Immaculate

Concepcion Parish

P/SUPT RAMIL N. AMODIA – COP, Baybay City Police Station

F/INSP CONCESA B. ASUMBRADO – Chief Fire Marshall, BFP

Mr. Clemel C. Yu – Red Cross Ormoc

Mr. Rolando Gorgornio – EVRMC Blood Center/Blood Bank

Ms. Loreta G. Malabanan – CSWDO

Dr. Josephine O. Zafico – VSU Hospital

Ms. Suzette Arcillas – DOH DMO

Mr. Rosendo Chiong III – CHO VBD Coordinator

Mr. Jose Robles – Baybay City Chamber of Commerce and

Industry

Ms. Porferia B. Polo – BCMDDC Administrator

 

In an interview with Mayor Cari, she said that she had been longing to establish a Blood Bank in the City of Baybay.  She said that, “As of now, whenever we conduct a bloodletting activity, the Red Cross brings all the blood to be kept in their Blood Bank in Ormoc City.  Then, whenever we need blood for our patients, we still must travel to Ormoc City and sometimes our request is denied because they do not have the blood type that we need. But if our plan to establish a Blood Bank is realized, we will be able to serve not only the Baybayanons but also the patients from the 5th District of Leyte.”

However, since the budget requirement for establishing and running a Blood Bank is quite high, the members of the BCLBC agreed to establish a Blood Collecting Unit (BCU) instead of a Blood Bank. As a matter of fact, Dr. Norberto Oja, the BCLBC Chairman, with some members of the council went to the Catarman Provincial Hospital in Catarman, Northern Samar on March 12, 2018 to learn from their good practices.

Ms. Jeane T. Pelayo, the Coordinator of the National Voluntary Blood Services Program of the Catarman Provincial Hospital, discussed about their accomplishments and how they were able to put up their Blood Bank.

It could be recalled that Republic Act No. 7719, also known as the National Blood Services Act of 1994, promotes voluntary blood donation to provide sufficient supply of safe blood and to regulate blood banks. This act aims to inculcate public awareness that blood donation is a humanitarian act.

Thus, one of the major activities of the Baybay City Local Blood Council is the conduct of the Quarterly Bloodletting Activity as follows:

ACTIVITY DATE VENUE POTENTIAL DONORS
1st Quarter Bloodletting Activity February 21, 2018 Baybay City Gym Baybay City LGU Employees

Knights of Columbus (full force)

Fitness Groups (BYCA, BCR and Scrambled Legs)

Poblacion Barangays

Walk-in Clients

2nd Quarter Bloodletting Activity May 2018 Baybay City Gym Academe (FCIC, Acedilla, and Palermo)

Baybay City Division

South District Barangays

Walk-in Clients

3rd Quarter Bloodletting Activity August VSU Convention Hall VSU faculty, staff and students

Business Group

North District Barangays

Walk-in Clients

4th Quarter Bloodletting Activity November

(1st week)

Baybay City Gym Uniformed Personnel (PNP, PA, BFP, PCG, etc.)

Walk-in Clients

 

In relation to this, the Baybay City Local Blood Council calls on the Baybayanons and other interested persons to awaken the spirit of volunteerism and to donate blood to save life.  (Marissa Miguel Cano, City Information Officer III)

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