MANILA - Ambassadors and diplomats of European Union member countries in the Philippines donated their blood Tuesday to help address the shortage of supply in the country.
The donation took place at the Philippine Red Cross office in Mandaluyong City, with Sen. Richard Gordon, PRC chairperson, witnessing the event.
Among those who donated their blood are Thomas Wiersing, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, Ambassadors Saskia de Lang (Netherlands) and Harald Fries (Sweden), Chargé d'Affaires a.i. Mihail Sion (Romania), Fernando Heredia, Consul General of Spain, and colleagues from the Embassies of Belgium, the Netherlands and the EU Delegation.
Wiersing said they stand in solidarity with Filipinos in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
"In response to the call of the Philippine Red Cross for blood donation, we have all come here to donate our blood to avert shortage of supply created by the pandemic," Wiersing said in a statement.
The EU has been a long-standing partner of the Philippine Red Cross through its humanitarian office, it said.
“We continue to express our support as “we heal as one” community. We believe that together we can fight this pandemic," Wiersing said.