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Island Garden City of Samal – In line with the weeklong celebration of Samal’s 19th founding anniversary, the local government unit (LGU) of Samal facilitated various free services to its people.

The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) spearheaded the “Serbisyo sa Katawhan” on March 1 and 2 at the Samal Multipurpose Gym.

14 national agencies had also come together to provide free updating of Pag-ibig information, free consultation from DOLE, Phil Health and SSS forms, and other free basic services from NBI, GSIS, LTO, PRC, TESDA, NBI, and POEA to more than 300 Samaleños.

On the other hand, the City Health Office (CHO) facilitated the Blood Donation campaign and Dental Mission to give free medical services to those who cannot afford the medical expenses and providing services that typically require payment.

The activity also aims to increase blood donation rate as part of the city standard that one percent of the total population of the city is a blood donor.

“This past few years the performance as to National Voluntary Blood Services Program of our city is not good that is why the city health office in collaboration with divisions initiated of coming up a one-time big time blood donation and encourage 15 barangays to bring blood donors,” , Medical Technologist II Eliazar Gualdajara said.

“In fact, we just started this program last year, the first area was Babak district and so far we gradually get the standard,” he added.

A total of 176 individuals availed of the free dental checkup and tooth extraction, while 128 blood donors passed the screening.

All the blood gathered will be banked at Davao Blood Center in Tagum City for evaluation.

On March 3 to 7, different exhibitors joined the Agri Trade Fair held at Samal Central Warehouse which aims to showcase and promote the abundant agricultural products and beautiful places in the island.

Exhibitors were composed of Farmers association, Hugpong Manggagama sa Isla (HUGMAI) for local products and handicrafts, Rural Improvement Club, photographers, painters and Ruby’s pasalubong.

 “There’s no need to travel to far-flung areas to purchase products like “kakanin” and banana because we have abundant products in Samal,” Development Management Officer III Lludeza Quesada said. Noreen Samal Info

Photo Caption:  128 individuals, mostly government employees, passed the screening for blood donation on March 2 at the Samal Multipurpose Gym.  All the blood gathered will be banked at Davao Blood Center in Tagum City for evaluation.