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Day: August 3, 2022

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) honors former President Fidel V. Ramos (FVR) and commemorates his humanitarian legacy even as PRC mourns with his family at his passing.

FVR consistently supported PRCs’s disaster responses, most notably the Mt. Pinatubo Eruption (1991) Response and the Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake (1990) Response in Cabanatuan and Baguio.

PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon attests that, “FVR was not only a decorated soldier but was also a blood galloner. A blood galloner is one who has donated at least one gallon of blood in his lifetime. Being a serviceman, FVR appreciated the value of blood during emergencies and had been a regular donor since 1954. Gordon fondly remembers that FVR was truly an advocate of blood donation and that if it were up to him, he would have kept on donating blood, if not for his age being past the requirement for blood donors. Gordon would then fondly tease FVR that PRC would place his blood in a museum. 

Chairman Gordon had the privilege of conferring FVR with the Gold Humanitarian Service Cross Award for his invaluable assistance and generosity to the most vulnerable through the Red Cross.

“FVR may be gone, but his humanitarian spirit will forever live on not only as a memory but as an inspiration to future generations,” Gordon says.

Five days after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit North Luzon, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) immediately provided a Child-Friendly Space, where over 90 children participated in different activities designed as psychological first aid (PFA), such as a clowns’ and magicians’ show, in the municipality of Santa, Ilocos Sur, August 1. Overall, 323 children received PFA in Ilocos Sur.

“Bukod sa mga nasirang kabahayan at kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan, naapektuhan din ang ating mga kabataan dahil nanatili sa kanila ang takot dulot ng malakas na lindol. Laging handa ang trained volunteers and staff ng Red Cross upang tulungan ang ating mga kabataan sa aspetong ito ng kanilang kalusugan,” Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said.

Aside from the Child-Friendly Space, the PRC distributed hygiene kits and 10,000 liters of water to 103 families or 317 individuals in Santa, served hot meals to 350 persons, and provided health services to 67. To protect the community against COVID-19, the PRC also distributed 800 face masks and 50 pieces of COVID-19 leaflets.

Present during the distribution of services in Santa were Mayor Jesus Bueno Jr., Barangay Tabucolan Captain Armando Baguyo, and personnel from the Social Welfare and Development Office, Philippine National Police, and Bureau of Fire Protection.

The PRC continues to provide other much-needed aid to people affected by the earthquake in Abra and Ilocos Sur, the hardest hit provinces. As of August 1, it has distributed 148,649 liters of water through its water tankers, 6,155 hot meals, 2,341 face masks, 1,250 COVID-19 leaflets, 868 hygiene kits, 662 packs of bread, 264 sleeping kits, and 33 tents, among other humanitarian aid.

“Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang ating pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan sa Abra at Ilocos Sur, na syang lubos na naapektuhan ng lindol at aftershocks nito. Laging maaasahan ang Red Cross sa ganitong uri ng sakuna,” Chairman Gordon assured.

Philippine Red Cross

Born officially in 1947, but with roots that traces back to the revolutionary days, the Philippine Red Cross has truly become the premier humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

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