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Author: Allan Jr. Pagkalinawan

Residents of Barangay Muzon San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan came to participate in the second bloodletting activity of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and RMN Foundation last 22 May. Dubbed “Dugtong-Buhay 2023 Caravan” the blood donation drive collected a total of 78 blood units.

Earlier this year, the two organizations conducted similar activities in General Santos City and Cavite City. The co-organized blood donation activities are a testament to the PRC and RMN Foundation’s commitment to serving the public together; a commitment which they strengthened and renewed through a Memorandum of Understanding last March.

Rowena Bolivar, a consistent donor, shared her experience of how a single bag of blood saved the life of her aunt, a breast cancer patient. A unit of blood can save the lives of multiple people. According to PRC Blood Services, red cells, platelets, and plasma are among the transfusable components that can be derived from donated blood. Patients may receive a pint of whole blood or only the specific components of the blood that are required to treat their particular condition.

Apart from assisting PRC in disseminating information about its rescue, relief, and recovery activities and programs, PRC Chairman and CEO, Richard J. Gordon expressed gratitude to RMN for continuously helping the humanitarian organization raise awareness about the global need for safe blood.

PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwen Pang also extended greetings and appreciation to those who willingly showed compassion and selflessness by donating blood to save lives.

For blood donations, blood requests, and other inquiries, email the PRC National Blood Services at [email protected] or contact the PRC Blood Call Center, which may be reached nationwide by dialing 143.

🚑💙 Bringing Medical Care to Communities: An initiative of Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard J. Gordon, the PRC Health Caravan has provided free medical services to thousands of individuals across the nation from January to May.

This week, our dedicated volunteers and staff from PRC chapters in Bohol, Cavite, Baguio, and Ilocos offered health consultations, vaccinations, bloodletting, and more. “The PRC Health Caravan remains committed to extending healthcare services to every corner of the nation,” says PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwen Pang.

🏥✨ PRC’s Health Caravan also promoted health and hygiene practices, conducted first aid lectures, and distributed hot meals and health kits. Through these efforts, PRC hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of thousands, building healthier and stronger communities! 💙🌍

The actual signing of the memorandum of agreement for the turnover of the Rotary’s 270 donated wheelchairs to the PRC happened last 25 May, 2023 at the PRC National Headquarters in Mandaluyong. 

The donated wheelchairs will be distributed to numerous people with mobility impairments in the country to help them cope with their health conditions. The beneficiaries will be identified and assessed by the PRC and  Rotary Club members. 

“I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the Rotary for giving us 270 wheelchairs to be distributed for our beneficiaries around the country. Malaking tulong ito upang bigyan sila ng saya at pag-asa sa buhay. The MOA signing between the two organizations today proves that we remain their partner of choice. Just like the Rotary’s mission to create lasting change in the world, the PRC is also committed to make this world a better place for all,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon. 

PRC’s Secretary General, Dr. Gwen Pang, also expressed her gratitude to the Rotary, “Being a member of the Rotary Club of Manila 101 and PRC’s current Secretary General,  I’m so proud and elated to be able to witness the strengthened partnership between my two beloved organizations. Maraming salamat, Rotary sa pagsuporta sa Philippine Red Cross noon at ngayon.” 

The Rotary is a network of 1.4 million passionate people from around the world aiming to use their skills, energy, and intelligence to take action in various sustainable projects. Since 2006, the Rotary has been able to provide various assistance to the PRC and its chapters: monetary assistance for typhoon survivors, vehicle donations used for crisis situations, emergency equipment, and blood donation campaigns, to name a few. 

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As Red Cross volunteers, you have the power to make a positive impact on the lives of others. It’s not just about doing something; it’s about ensuring that our presence is felt in a way that uplifts and inspires those around us.
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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Lapu-Lapu/Cordova Chapter recently provided free ambulance transport service to a 47-year-old male patient who sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident. The incident occurred last may 22, on the remote island of Olanggo, located approximately 20 minutes away from the Lapu-Lapu mainland by sea.

The patient, who suffered a head injury resulting in dizziness and swelling, required immediate medical attention, including a crucial CT scan. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, PRC swiftly organized a transportation plan, in coordination with Lapu-Lapu City Rescue, to ensure the patient’s safe transfer to the Lifestream Diagnostic Clinic, where the necessary diagnostic procedure could be performed.

In the words of PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon, “Our primary objective is to provide swift and effective assistance to those in need, regardless of their circumstances. We are proud to have been able to extend our free ambulance transport service to this injured patient, ensuring that he received the necessary medical attention. It is through the collective efforts of our dedicated volunteers and the support of our generous donors that we are able to make a tangible impact on people’s lives. This incident exemplifies our commitment to serving humanity and underscores the importance of accessible healthcare for all.”

PRC’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) volunteers transported the indigent patient from Olanggo to the mainland, and subsequently to the Lifestream Diagnostic Clinic, ensuring timely access to the required medical facilities.

The ambulance transport service provided free by PRC is a showcase of its commitment to service.

📢 Cavitye City Fire Update! 🙌

Yesterday, May 23, 2023, the Philippine Red Cross distributed Hygiene Kits to 714 fire-affected families in Cavite City’s Barangay 22A, 22M, and 28, at Ladislao Diwa Elementary School. Thank you to our incredible volunteers and partners for their support! Together, we’re making a difference. 💙🌟 #PhilippineRedCross #HygieneKitsDistribution #SupportingFireVictims #CommunityMatters

🌪️ A tornado hit Brgy. Bantayan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental last May 18, 2023, damaging 14 houses. No casualties were reported.

Due to the armed clash incident that happened in the area last weekend, volunteers and staff of the Philippine Red Cross, Negros Occidental-Bacolod City Chapter were only able to reach the affected community early this week. PRC is preparing to support the community with 1 week’s worth of food supplies and plans to distribute tarpaulins and shelter tool kits to the affected households.


Cebu City, Philippines – The Philippine Red Cross swiftly responded to a maritime incident that occurred last 21 May 2023, involving the Supercat Ferry Corp passenger vessel and a cargo vessel along the route from Ormoc to Pier 1 of Cebu.

PRC swiftly responded to the scene. The PRC teams provided immediate medical assistance and psychological support to those affected by the incident. In total, 36 patients received treatment from the PRC medical personnel, with six of them requiring further medical attention at the University of Cebu Medical Center.

The Supercat Ferry Corp, carrying a total of 208 passengers, encountered the cargo vessel in what authorities are describing as a collision. The exact details of the incident are yet to be determined, and investigations are currently underway to establish the cause of the accident.

PRC deployed two ambulance teams from its Lapu-Lapu/Cordova Chapter, consisting of four highly trained emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. Additionally, an ambulance team from the PRC Cebu Chapter, comprising two EMS personnel, three welfare services volunteers, and two first aiders, was also dispatched to the site.

“We extend our utmost appreciation to the dedicated efforts of the Philippine Red Cross teams who promptly responded to the maritime incident near Cebu. Their professionalism and expertise in providing immediate medical care and psychological support to those affected have been commendable,” stated PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon.

The maritime incident serves as a reminder of the importance of adhering to safety protocols and ensuring the preparedness of emergency response teams.

Manila, Philippines – In recognition of the invaluable role played by emergency medical services in saving lives and promoting public health, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is one with the entire world in commemorating the week of May 21 to 27, 2023, as Emergency Medical Services Week. This commemoration aims to highlight the importance of emergency medical services and honor the dedication and commitment of the PRC’s emergency medical services teams across the nation.

PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon emphasized the significance of Emergency Medical Services Week and the vital role played by the PRC’s emergency medical services teams. Chairman Gordon stated, “Emergency medical services are the lifeline for those in critical need of immediate medical attention. The PRC’s dedicated and highly skilled teams work tirelessly to ensure that no life is lost due to lack of timely care. During this commemorative week, we honor their commitment and recognize the importance of equipping ourselves with life-saving skills. Together, let us build a nation where every individual is prepared to respond to emergencies and contribute to the well-being of our communities.” Chairman Gordon’s words reflect the PRC’s unwavering dedication to public service and their mission to alleviate human suffering in times of crisis.

Emergency medical services are a critical component of public healthcare, providing vital care to individuals in times of medical emergencies. The dedicated members of the PRC’s emergency medical services teams stand ready to deliver life-saving assistance around the clock, seven days a week. Their presence and expertise significantly improve the chances of survival and recovery for those who experience sudden illnesses or injuries.

In the first five months of 2023, the PRC’s EMS has attended to an impressive number of patients, catering to 13,210 individuals in need. Additionally, PRC’s ambulance transport services have been provided to 2,052 patients. Notably, from May 1 to 21 alone, the PRC has rendered free ambulance services to 94 patients, ensuring that those who require urgent medical attention can receive prompt and reliable assistance.

PRC has made significant strides in educating and empowering communities with life-saving skills. Since January 1, the organization has successfully trained 45,385 first aiders nationwide. With this initiative, the PRC encourages everyone to acquire training in First Aid and Basic Life Support, enabling them to effectively respond to emergencies and potentially save lives.

PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwendolyn T. Pang also expressed her appreciation for the efforts of the emergency medical services teams and stressed the importance of their work. Dr. Pang stated, “Emergency medical services are the frontline responders who provide critical care and support to those in need during emergencies. They play a vital role in saving lives and ensuring the well-being of individuals in distress. As we commemorate Emergency Medical Services Week, we extend our gratitude to our dedicated teams for their unwavering commitment and selfless service. We encourage everyone to recognize the value of emergency medical services and to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to respond effectively during emergencies. Together, we can create a safer and more resilient society.” Dr. Pang’s words highlight the PRC’s commitment to fostering a culture of preparedness and empowering individuals to contribute to emergency response efforts.

Days after a fire hit the Hontiveros Compound, Forth Estate, Brgy San Antonio, Parañaque City, PRC volunteers made sure that families still staying at the evacuation centers are given food.

In these photos, see volunteers and staff of Philippine Red Cross Rizal Chapter as they distribute loaves of bread to 474 families currently staying at the San Antonio covered court and San Antonio High School evacuation centers. PRC also treated two patients, one for body weakness and another for difficulty of breathing. 🏥❤️

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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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