The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is appealing for donations to help the families and communities affected by typhoon Ferdie that left thousands of people homeless in the northernmost part of Luzon, particularly in the island of Batanes.
The PRC’s appeal came on the heels of the recommendation of PRC assessment teams deployed in Batanes who witnessed firsthand the sorry state of the province in the aftermath of typhoon Ferdie’s devastation.
“Complacency in the midst and in the aftermath of a disaster is a disaster in itself. The Philippine Red Cross and International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies work as best as they can to alleviate the suffering of fellow human beings but still, somehow our efforts and resources are not enough to mitigate the effects of disasters. That’s why I appeal to those who care for the welfare of our fellow human beings to step forward and help our brothers and sisters in Batanes. Now is the time to help them,” PRC Chairman Gordon said.
A total of 1,208 families will be provided with shelter repair materials to rebuild their houses as well as emergency relief items for the whole municipality of Itbayat and barangay San Antonio in the municipality of Basco.
The PRC operation and relief teams were also tasked to coordinate with the provincial government of Batanes to recruit more Red Cross 143 volunteers to fully provide humanitarian services in the area.
Typhoon Ferdie, internationally named Meranti, made landfall on September 11, 2016 in Itbayat, Batanes. According to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Batanes, the typhoon destroyed a total of 2,902 houses of which 1,420 were totally destroyed and 1,482 were partially damaged.
To those who are interested to give donations to the victims of typhoon Ferdie through the Philippine Red Cross, cash donations may be deposited in any of the following Philippine Red Cross bank accounts:
BANCO DE ORO
Visit the following link: http://ushare.redcross.org.ph and select TYPHOON FERDIE.
Look for: Joy Materum, Shervi Mae Corpuz and Ma. Rizza Genil
Phone: (+63 2) 790.2300 loc 807 / 826
Address: 37 EDSA cor Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City