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Monday, 19 March 2018 11:47

Philippine Red Cross responds to hotel fire incident in Manila, assists in Bulacan plane crash

   Amid the back-to- back hotel fire incident in Manila and plane crash that occurred in Bulacan last
weekend, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide rescue and welfare assistance to the
affected families and communities.

   On Sunday morning, a fire broke out at the basement of Manila Pavilion Hotel, along United
Nations Avenue in Ermita. PRC National Headquarters, Manila, Quezon City, Pasay, and Makati
chapters deployed response teams, dispatched fire trucks, ambulances, and cater eight patients,
seven of them were treated on-site while one was transported to Manila Doctors Hospital.

   “We have sent out three fire trucks, 9 ambulances, volunteer firefighters, rescue teams,
motorcycle groups, to ensure the safety and swift delivery of assistance. We also have three welfare
desks set up in Ospital ng Maynila, Manila Doctors Hospital (MaDocs), and one hospital along
Kalaw street for psychosocial support and tracing. We prepared twenty body bags for the workers
who were believed trapped inside, generators, and bottled waters for fire fighters. All in all, we
have mobilized 66 personnel on the ground,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

   As part of the Red Cross’ mission to provide timely and efficient humanitarian response to the
most vulnerable, the PRC is still in place for continuous search and retrieval, and on standby for
further assistance.

   “When the world no longer watches, nandyan pa rin ang Red Cross, we do what must be done.
Kudos to our fire volunteers, rescue teams, Red Cross staff, we can do great things when we are
doing things together—in helping and serving humanity,” added Gordon.

   On March 17, a light aircraft bound to Laoag crash-landed on a residential house in Plaridel
Bulacan where PRC-Bulacan chapter dispatched ambulance and rescue teams who responded
swiftly to the incident.

   The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103
chapters with two million volunteers nationwide that is always first, always ready, and always there
to provide round-the- clock humanitarian assistance.

   PRC services include disaster management, health, welfare, blood, volunteer service, and Red
Cross youth.