San Miguel Corp. to launch quarterly blood, plasma donation drive to help Red Cross

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San Miguel Corporation will begin a blood and convalescent plasma donation drive among its employees in the country to help more patients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the business conglomerate said on Thursday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 17) — San Miguel Corporation will begin a blood and convalescent plasma donation drive among its employees in the country to help more patients affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the business conglomerate said on Thursday.

The initiative is also the company's way of celebrating it's 130th anniversary, SMC said. The drive will be done quarterly and in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross to augment its blood supply, it added.

"We just want to help in any way we can," said San Miguel President and COO Ramon Ang. "I believe, together, we can all make a difference."

The project will launch online via the Zoom app on Friday in six facilities with Ang taking the lead along with Red Cross chair, Senator Ricard Gordon.

The two will donate their blood simultaneously, while more than 400 other workers will also participate in the event from Purefoods Hormel Plant in General Trias, Cavite; the Manila Toll Expressway Systems, Inc. facility in Silangan Laguna, San Miguel Brewery’s community clinics in San Fernando, Pampanga; Mandaue, Cebu, and Sta. Cruz, Davao Del Sur, and the SMC Head Office Complex in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.

The company said the blood donations can also be used for non-coronavirus-related needs.On the other hand, blood convalescent plasma will be useful in treating infected patients.

The Department of Health earlier explained that the plasma of those who have recovered from the coronavirus disease is believed to contain antibodies that can help others fight the infection.