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Author: Allan Jr. Pagkalinawan

Philippine Red Cross Covid-19 Vaccination

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with local governments, has administered more than 30,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters in Bohol from 2021 to 2022. It has fully vaccinated 5,501 persons as of March 28, 2022.

The vaccinations are part of the PRC’s COVID-19 response throughout the country. As of March 28, 2022, PRC has administered 1,115,101 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. It has fully vaccinated 361,790 persons. Other PRC vaccination sites in Visayas include Negros Occidental-Bacolod City, Capiz. Aklan, Bogo, and Roxas City.

The Department of Health reports on its website Dashboard that 63,992,620 complete doses have been administered in the whole country as of March 9, 2022. The figure represents 59% of the total population of the Philippines of 109,035,343 as of May 1, 2020. 

“Ang Philippine Red Cross ay hindi tumitigil na labanan ang COVID-19,” PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Dick Gordon, said.

PEZA gives Red Cross Chairman Excellence Award

On PEZA’s 27th anniversary, Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon receives the Galing Pinas Partnership Excellence Award.

PRC supports PEZA’s efforts and looks forward to a continuation of your confidence and that we maintain the bonds of our partnership so we can improve the quality of life and preserve the dignity of vulnerable Filipinos everywhere.

Philippine Red Cross Blood Doantio nDrive

From January 1 to March 21, 2022 alone, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) National Blood Services has served more than 40,000 patients. It collected 36,086 units from 49,033 donors and dispensed 75,496 blood units for the same period.  

Just how important is a blood bank to a country? If you or a loved one has ever needed a blood transfusion, you know how important it is. Blood transfusions save lives. According to the World Health Organization, providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country’s national health care policy and infrastructure.

The PRC’s National Blood Services is a vital part of this infrastructure. It is the PRC’s arm that delivers adequate, safe, and quality blood supply to the most vulnerable. 

Through the leadership of its Chairman and CEO, Senator Dick Gordon, the PRC now has 98 blood service facilities nationwide, making it the leading provider of blood and blood products in the country. The PRC continually promotes voluntary non-remunerated blood donations to maintain an adequate supply. “Para maging handa tayo sa anumang insidente, kailangang may sapat tayong suplay ng dugo,” Chairman Gordon said.

dick gordon looks on as a patient is vaccinated at the PRC Bakuna Bus

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon urged the public to get tested regularly for early detection to prevent transmission and to also get vaccinated or receive booster shots for added protection. Gordon also said that PRC is prepared for any possibility of a surge since there are PRC Molecular Laboratories, Bakuna Centers, Bakuna Buses, Isolation Facilities, and Emergency Field Hospitals available 24/7.

“Tumataas ang kaso ng COVID-19 cases sa ibang bansa, we must be ready for any possible surge. We must prevent it through practicing health and safety protocols, social distancing, sanitizing your hands, getting vaccinated, and being tested regularly for early protection,” Gordon said.

Through PRC’s 14 molecular laboratories, anyone can get tested and avail of the cheapest RT-PCR test in the country priced at only P1,500 for the saliva RT-PCR test and just P2,800 for the swab RT-PCR test. The saliva and swab RT-PCR tests are considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.

PRC also continues to deploy its Bakuna Buses to remote areas and has a continuous operations program for their Bakuna Centers to inoculate unvaccinated individuals and provide additional protection through booster shots. To date, PRC has already conducted 5,515,453 tests and administered 1,104,478 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

PRC has also turned unused classrooms into isolation facilities to accommodate asymptomatic spreaders. There are also PRC emergency field hospitals to serve as extension wards for other hospitals to accommodate any overflow of COVID-19 patients. The initiative of the Red Cross was started last April 2021, to provide assistance to the overwhelmed healthcare system in the country due to the increasing number of COVID-19 positive individuals at that time. Since then, PRC has cared for 5,176 individuals in the isolation facilities and 65,856 individuals in the emergency field hospitals and medical tents.

PRC CELEBRATES WORLD WATER DAY 2022

Philippine Red Cross celebrates World Water Day

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) celebrates World Water Day (WWD) 2022 to raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. WWD is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis and achieving Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water and sanitation for all by 2030. It is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015.

WWD has been celebrated annually since 1993 after the United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 1992 chose the date March 22 as World Water Day. Every year, the UN selects a specific theme for the WWD to reflect different aspects of water. This international event looks to draw the attention of people from around the world to the importance of water resources, especially freshwater, and help enhance the sustainable management of these valuable resources. The theme of WWD 2022 is Ground Water, Making the Invisible, Visible. Beyond the issues of pricing, this topic includes the environmental, social, and cultural value placed on the water. 

PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon highlight the importance of providing access to safe water, especially in those areas affected by the different calamities and disasters. 

“As we celebrate World Water Day 2022, I would like to emphasize the importance of freshwater, where we use it in supporting drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming, industry, and ecosystems. We must protect groundwater from pollution and use it sustainably, balancing the needs of people and the vital role of groundwater in our daily lives.”

PRC has been active in providing water to disaster-affected areas to bring back the lifelines in the provinces where people still do not have access to clean and potable water. Recently, during the Typhoon Odette operations, PRC provided over 14 million liters of clean water and promoted proper hygiene to 239,526 individuals. 

The WASH Unit of the Philippine Red Cross is an office that provides services associated with addressing the need for access to clean and safe water, sanitation facilities, and hygiene education during an emergency and non-emergency responses.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), through its Bakuna Bus and Bakuna Center, vaccinated 868 individuals belonging to the A1- A4 category in Batangas before the start of the holidays last October 27-29, 2021.
PRC, led by its Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, continues to find ways to make vaccines available to the most vulnerable in far-flung areas. With the help of the local government unit, PRC sent out its Bakuna Bus to reach the municipality of San Luis and Padre Garcia, vaccinating 552 individuals.
“Kailangan tuloy tuloy pa rin ang ating pagbabakuna lalo na malapit na ang pasko. Hindi natin ineencourage na mag social gathering, ngunit ang dapat natin gawin ay magpabakuna at continues pa rin ang testing upang masiguradong ligtas an gating pamilya at mga mhal sa buhay,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC encourages everyone to get vaccinated to keep you safe from COVID-19. Meanwhile, PRC remains at full force in its vaccination program, has vaccinated more than 350,000 individuals through its Bakuna Centers and Bakuna Buses, catering to the most vulnerable in this time of the pandemic.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is taking no chances this Halloween break as it goes full blast in its UNDAS 2021 operations even if most local governments have closed cemeteries to avoid the build-up of crowds and lessen the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Every year, PRC deploys first aid stations and ambulance teams to cemeteries nationwide through its local chapters to provide emergency medical care to the public during the Undas break.

From October 25 to October 29, PRC Chapters nationwide has already provided emergency medical care to 464 individuals suffering from high blood pressure, minor wounds, dizziness, fainting, and lacerations.

“Nuong bago magpandemic, ang Red Cross ay laging naka-station sa mga sementeryo dahil sa pagdagsa ng mga tao. Hindi natin tinigil ang taunan pagbibigay ng serbisyo na yan tuwin Undas, kahit na may pandemya. Ang importante, may magibibgay ng paunang lunas kung sakaling kailangan ng ating mga kababayan ang emergency medical care,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.

The Philippine Red Cross Safety Services, the department handling the nationwide first aid station and ambulance team, says that deployment this UNDAS 2021 will be until November 5. –

As the Philippine Red Cross(PRC) Bakuna Buses continue to bring vaccines closer to your doorstep, one of the humanitarian organization’s buses returned to Lapu-Lapu City last October 28, 2021, to vaccinate more than 400 individuals from the COVID-19 priority group A4 or essential workers.

According to PRC Cebu Chapter, one of the Bakuna Buses provided by UBE Express drove to the Mactan Economic Zone in Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City vaccinating over 424 individuals from Lear Corporation. By the end of the day, over 335 got their first dose, while 89 received their second dose.

“Kailangang unahin ang pagbabakuna ng mga COVID-19 priority groups, kasama na rin dito ang mga essential workers dahil sila ang mga most at risk. Kaya naman patuloy ang mga volunteers at staff ng Red Cross na sumisikap araw araw upang mailapit ang bakuna sa inyong komunidad. Layunin namin pagsilbihan ang mga mamamayan, lalo na ang mga nangangailangan. Walang dapat iwanan,” PRC Chairman at CEO Senator Dick Gordon.

Apart from the Mactan Economic Zone in Lapu-Lapu City, the humanitarian organization has also opened a Bakuna Center in the Light Industry Science Park II (LSPI II). This Bakuna Center, established by the PRC Laguna Chapter, was opened last September 17, 2021, and is located at Barangay Real, Calamba City, which also targets COVID-19 priority group A4 or essential workers.

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Weeks after Severe Tropical Storm Maring (Kompasu) hit the provinces of Northern Luzon, entire communities and families are still recovering from the typhoon’s devastation. To curb the risk of disease spreading in the affected communities, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) distributed hygiene kits to 1,669 households in six different provinces including Abra (622), Benguet (69), Pangasinan (37), La Union (550), Palawan (60), and Ilocos Sur (331).

Each family will receive a PRC Hygiene box containing 5 pieces of the adult toothbrush, 2 pieces of 225g toothpaste, 1 bottle of 250ml shampoo, 5 pieces of family size bath soap, 5 pieces of face towel, 5 pieces of big plastic comb, 2 packs of cotton buds, 1 pack of sanitary napkins, 1 big nail cutters, 2 bars of detergent, 2 disposable razors, and 5 rolls of toilet papers.

PRC also promoted hygiene awareness, giving 1,188 individuals hygiene training in La Union, Ilocos Sur, and Pangasinan.

The Red Cross also provides 92,000 liters of potable water in La Union, serving 2,343 families or 5,288 individuals.

“Nasalanta ng husto ang Northern Luzon ni bagyong Maring. Upang hindi kumalat ang sakit, kailangan na mabigyan ang ating mga kababayan ng malinis na tubig at hygiene kits. Hindi titigil ang Red Cross sa pagtulong,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) assisted in the province of Aklan through its Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Prevention project in Kalibo, Aklan, on October 29, 2021.

The SGBV project is in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the British Red Cross, which aims to assist 250 families under Household Livelihood assistants of SGBV survivors and support six community-managed livelihood projects.

The event was attended by PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, PRC Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla, Acting Head of the Delegation of IFRC Gopal Mukherjee, Aklan Vice Governor oHn. Reynaldo Quimpo, Kalibo Mayor Hon. Emerson Lachica, Nabas Mayor Hon. James Solano-Mayor, and other executives of PRC and local government unit of Aklan.

This event also assisted 130 households with initial business capital of PHP 6,000 for the first tranche, and PHP 4,000 to help the chosen beneficiaries to recover in this time of the pandemic.

“Walang maiiwan lalo na sa panahon ngayon. Kailangan natin tulungan ang mga SGBV survivors at ang mga community na higit na nangangailangan. Our duty in the Red Cross is to bring hope and uplift the dignity of the most vulnerable. Maraming Salamat sa IFRC at sa British Red Cross for this partnership to be bearers of hope to those in need,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

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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