The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) immediately deployed a firetruck, ambulance, and a water tanker with an 11 man team to assist anxious and distressed families caught by a fire that reached the 5th alarm at Brgy. 24, 25, and 26 in Cavite City on February 12, 2022.
According to reports, an estimated 4,000 families and 800 houses were affected by the fire incident. PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon immediately deployed the Hot Meals on Wheels to assist the families that evacuated and are currently staying temporarily at the Ladislao Diwa Elementary School. PRC distributed porridge with eggs to 305 individuals.
“Nagpadala kami ng food truck sa naapektuhan ng sunog noong february 12, 2022. Ang pagkain ay isa sa pinaka kailangan ng tao at ito ay libre. Pipila na lamang sila at kakainin nalang ito hindi na nila iisipin kung paano lutuin. The Red Cross is always here to alleviate the suffering of any Filipinos,” Sen. Gordon said.
PRC has a total fleet of 29 food trucks stationed in key strategic areas, where it also serves as the first respondents in times of disaster, calamities, and conflict. At the height of the surge in COVID-19 cases last 2021, PRC Hot Meals recently provided ready-to-eat meals to COVID-19 affected families and during the Typhoon Odette operations, where it also served 117,584 individuals since it started its typhoon operations last December 2021.