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Author: Jeremy Ben Panga

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon reminds the public to continue observing health protocols despite the lowering of COVID-19 cases. Chairman Gordon also reiterated that one can prevent COVID-19 transmission through vaccination, testing, and isolation once symptoms occur.

PRC continues to operate their Isolation Facilities which was started during the surge last March 2021 in response to the rising cases of COVID-19 cases in the country. Chairman Gordon saw the need to establish isolation facilities to cater to patients and prevent household transmission. The isolation facilities are in partnership with the different local government units in Metro Manila which turned unused classrooms into COVID-19 facilities.

“Ipinagpapatuloy namin sa Red Cross ang aming initiatives upang maiwasan ang COVID-19. Sa bumababang kaso ng COVID-19 cases sa bansa, dapat hindi tayo maging kampante at nakakahawa pa rin ang COVID-19 at maaring makaapekto sa mga hindi pa nababakunahan. Kaya magpabakuna na kayo, magpa test, at mag isolate kung may symptoms upang maiwsan ang COVID-19,” Chairman Gordon said.

The repurposed classrooms and facilities in UP, Ateneo, Makati Science High School, St. Benilde, Adamson, and also in Cagayan, house asymptomatic and mild patients to allow them to be isolated for 14 days away from their households. These individuals are provided with essential needs such as beds, toiletries, isolation kits, and food.

The PRC isolation facility program is only one among the various initiatives dedicated to enhancing the management of COVID-19 in the country. To date, 5, 176 patients were served since the start of operations.

Malay, Aklan — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), was quick to act when a fire incident happened at 2 PM, which damaged 14 houses, affecting 114 individuals. The PRC local chapter in Malay, Aklan immediately deployed its staff and volunteers to provide much-needed relief to the affected families.

PRC Welfare Services conducted psychological support to six individuals, distributed bread to 14 families affected and provided blankets, mats, and hygiene kits to serve as temporary sleeping kits as the houses were damaged by the fire.

“Marami na ang kaso ng sunog sa buong Pilipinas, lalo na at tag-init ngayon. mag-ingat tayo sa ating mga kagamitan at ipractice natin ang fire safety upang hindi pa makapinsala sa iba. Ang fire safety ay isang responsibilidad ng bawat isa upang maiwasan ang sunog sa ating mga kabahayan,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.

In observance of fire prevention month, PRC reminds the public of the importance of fire safety in March, which is said to have the most number of fire incidents due to the peaking of temperatures. With a total fleet of 19 fire trucks, PRC is ready to help the local government unit to be always first, always ready, and always there to respond to fire emergencies.


The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide clean and potable water in the province of Lapu-Lapu, months after Typhoon Odette (International name: Rai) struck the Visayas and Mindanao region. PRC staff and volunteers were deployed and distributed 30,000 liters of water in Brgy. Mactan, Brgy. Soong, and Brgy. Pusok last February 28, 2022.

Simultaneously, PRC also conducted hygiene promotion to 600 individuals in Brgy. Mactan, 500 individuals in Brgy. Soong Mactan, and Brgy. Pusok to help raise awareness on access to clean and safe water to the residents affected by the typhoon. PRC continues to restore the lifelines in the area, as water is still a necessity for the residents who still don’t have access.

“Hindi natin papabayaan ang mga naapektuhan ng bagyong odette, buwan na ang lumipas ngunit patuloy ang Red Cross staff at volunteers sa pagtulong sa mga labis na naapektuhan ng bagyo. Maipapakita rito ang dedikasyon ng bawat isa na bumubuo sa Red Cross upang maibalik ang dignidad sa tao at makatayo uli sa sariling mga paa,” CHairman Gordon said.

As part of the Red Cross’ commitment to serving the most vulnerable, PRC has already distributed more than 11, 709, 633 liters of clean and potable water and promoted proper hygiene to 220,075 individuals since the start of PRC Odette Operations.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon ordered the continued deployment of water tankers in Cebu to provide 13,500 liters of clean and potable water last March 03, 2022.

PRC distributed 3,500 liters of water in Sitio Talisay and 3000 liters in Sitio Acacia, Barangay Arbor, Boljoon, and 3,500 liters each in Purok 1 and Purok 4 in Barangay Gawi, Oslob.

The continued deployment of water tankers is part of Chairman Gordon’s vision to restore the lifeline in the province to alleviate human suffering and uplift the dignity of the people.

Since the start of Typhoon Odette operations, PRC has distributed more than 12 million liters of water to the affected residents. Along with the distribution of water, PRC also conducted hygiene promotion to 221, 792 individuals to educate the people on the importance of access to clean and safe water.

“Hindi namin kayo papabayaan. Nagpapasalamat ako sa aming mga partners at donors para mapagpatuloy ang Typhoon Odette operations sa mga apektadong lugar. Narito ang Philippine Red Cross hanggang kayo ay makabangon at makatayo sa sariling mga paa,” Gordon said.

PRC also handed out sleeping kits and tarpaulins to 308 families in Brgy. Sta. Rita at the Municipality of Cagdianao, Surigao del Norte.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) received a PHP 218,919.00 donation from Canon Marketing Philippines Inc. (CMPI) during a virtual turnover event last March 04, 2022. The donation is part of CMPI’s corporate social responsibility to aid the most vulnerable and those affected by Super Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai). 

The virtual turnover was attended by CMPI President & CEO Mr. Kazuhiro Ozawa, CMPI Vice President Mr. Anuj Aggarwal, CMPI Corporate Planning Head Mr. Eric Villanueva, CI-Tech President Mr. Tsutomu Sazuka, CI-Tech Vice President Mr. Rolando Martinez, PRC Assistant Secretary-General Ramon B. Murillo, and other PRC and CMPI executives.

“This donation is a gesture of our humble support for your initiatives. From the bottom of our hearts at Canon, we thank you Chairman Dick Gordon and the rest of the Philippine Red Cross for your dedication to serving those most in need. Mabuhay kayo,” CMPI President & CEO Mr. Kazuhiro Ozawa said.

“Thank you for choosing us as the beneficiary of your donation. We are very grateful for the support you have been extending to us. We hope and pray that your support and our partnership will continue throughout the years as we perform our humanitarian duties to the most vulnerable,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.

“CMPI has been supporting PRC since early 2019 during the Batanes earthquake and Taal volcano operation in 2020. Through your trust, PRC has always been first, always ready, and always there to respond in every situation.”

No less than the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO, Senator Dick Gordon, ordered the quick deployment of the PRC fire team which swiftly responded to a fire breaking out within the Baseco Compound at the Port Area District in the City of Manila. The fire started at around 8:40 AM, this Friday morning, March 4, 2022.

“Kaagad natin dineploy ang dalawang firetrucks natin at isang ambulansiya upang makatulong sa pagsugpo ng sunog diyan sa Baseco Compound. I also instructed the PRC Manila Chapter to send our Hot Meals on Wheels food truck, upang agad na may makain ang ating mga kababayan diyan na apektado ng sunog,” said PRC Chairman Gordon.

PRC sent two fire trucks along with a 15-man Emergency Response Unit team as well as an ambulance crew. The ambulance team treated and transported an injured patient to nearby Gat Andress Bonifacio Memorial Medical Center. As of 9:45 AM, the fire was already under control.

Additionally, PRC Manila Chapter will be deploying one of the Red Cross’ food trucks dubbed as Hot Meals On Wheels to feed 100 affected individuals.

“March is Fire Prevention Month, kaya naman pinapaalalahanan natin ang ating mga kababayan na laging mag-ingat upang makaiwas sa sunog. Ang Philippine Red Cross ay laging handang rumesponde at umalalay sa anumang sakuna, lalong lalo na sa pagsugpo ng apoy,” added Gordon.


Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon is calling the public in practicing household-level fire safety measures to prevent suffering heavy losses due to fire incidents in observance of the fire prevention month starting March 01, 2022.

Since the start of the year, PRC responded to 31 fire incidents in the country. With a total fleet of 19 fire trucks, PRC is ready to help the local government unit to be always first, always ready, and always there to respond to fire emergencies.

PRC Chairman Gordon also reiterated the importance of the organization’s 4Ps principle—Predict, Plan, Prepare, Practice—to uphold the safety of every family. 

 “Isang paalala po sa publiko ang pag oobserve ng tamang fire safety sa ating mga tahanan. Ang fire safety ay isang shared responsibility sa ating lahat upang maiwasan ang sunog at madamay ang iba. By practicing fire safety, you can not only save your family or loved ones but especially those around you,” Chairman Gordon said.

PRC is in full support of the campaign of Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) to raise fire prevention awareness throughout the month of March, which is said to have the most number of fire incidents due to the peaking of temperatures.

In line with this, PRC reminds the public to practice the following fire prevention tips:

1. Do not smoke in bed.

2. Crush cigarette butts thoroughly before discarding them.

3. Do not throw them into wastebaskets.

4. Keep lighted candles, oil or gas lamps away from curtains and other objects that easily catch fire.

5. Do not store any flammable substances or any volatile liquid in the kitchen and inside dwelling houses. Keep matches and lighters away from children’s reach.

6. Do not use open flames for decorations in the house.

7. Extinguish all live charcoal and embers after cooking in the kitchen. Make sure the kitchen is inspected before retiring for the night.

8. Kerosene and gas stoves should be checked for leakage and regularly cleaned. It is best to invest in a quality LPG tank.

9. your electrical installations regularly and have all frayed wiring, damaged sockets, switches and other defective electrical fixtures changed or repaired promptly.

10. All electrical installations, repairs and changes should be undertaken by licensed electricians. Never run electrical cords under rugs.

11. Cords of portable appliances should be as short as possible.

12. Do not overload your electrical circuits by profusely putting extra lights and appliances. Combustible and other flimsy materials should not be placed near bulbs.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon continues to deploy PRC’s Bakuna Bus, Bakuna Centers, and Bakuna Teams to help the local government unit in ramping up the vaccination efforts to protect unvaccinated individuals. Last February 21, 2022, PRC vaccinated 2,374 individuals in Navotas, Laguna, Tarlac, Pangasinan, General Santos, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, and Surigao del Norte.

Despite the lowering of COVID-19 cases in the country, Chairman Gordon urges everyone to get vaccinated or have additional protection through getting booster shots. Chairman Gordon said that it is imperative to get vaccinated to prevent severe cases due to COVID-19 and prevent another outbreak like what happened during the start of 2022, where the Department of Health (DOH) is reporting almost 32,000 new cases per day. Last February 21, 2022, the DOH reported 1,427 new cases.

“Kailangan ay magingat pa rin tayo sa COVID-19, kahit na bumababa ang kaso, dapat hindi natin kalimutan ang pag practce ng health protocols, ang pag-suot ng face mask, at pagsanitize ng mga kamay. Patuloy ang Red Cross sa pag abot sa mga malalayong lugar sa pamamagitan ng Bakuna Buses upang mabigyan proteksyon ang mga taong nangangailangan nito,” Gordon said.

Since March 2021, when PRC started its vaccination program, the humanitarian organization has already administered 1,020,230 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the 17 Bakuna Buses, 26 Bakuna centers, and Bakuna team, to help the different local government units to hasten the vaccination efforts and protect the people from the virus. 


Two months after Typhoon Odette wreaked havoc in the Palawan, Visayas, and Mindanao region, which affected hundreds of thousands individuals, The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide clean and potable water in Lapu Lapu City last February 17,2022.

PRC distributed 12,000 liters of water in Brgy. Mactan and 12,000 liters in Brgy. Purok. Through PRC’s Water Sanitation and Hygiene Unit, the Humanitarian organization also conducted hygiene promotion to 390 individuals and 322 individuals respectively.

“Ang aming Layunin ay mainagat ang buhay niyo upang lumakas ang bayan niyo,” said by PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon during the meeting on updates regarding Odette Operations. 

Through the leadership of its Chairman and CEO Sen Dick Gordon, PRC continues to aid the most vulnerable communities in Lapu-Lapu City affected by Typhoon Odette.

To date, PRC distributed 3,066 hot meals, distributed 753,00 of clean water, cleared 171 cubic yards of debris through PRC’s payloader,  and conducted hygiene promotion to 49,764 individuals.


According to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, PRC is ready in case of water shortage in Metro Manila. The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) projects that Metro Manila may experience a water shortage by April or May, as Angat Dam levels continue to decline.

According to NWRB Executive Director Sevillo D. David, Jr. in a radio-television interview, “The level of Angat Dam is already at 196 meters. The ideal level would be somewhere past 200 meters.” “We are (trying to avoid) reaching 180 meters, which is the minimum operating level. But based on the projections and rainfall forecasts, we may reach this in April or May,” he added.

“Mayroon ang Red Cross ng 22 water tankers at 31 water treatment unit na handang tumulong kung magkaroon ng water shortage. Sa kasalukuyan ay naka deploy ito sa Palawan, Visayas , at Mindanao at patuloy pa rin ang pagbibigay ng malinis na tubig sa mga naapektuhan ng Bagyong Odette,” Gordon said.

Since the start of Typhoon Odette operations last December 2021, PRC has provided more than 9,749,873 liters of clean and potable water to the affected residents.


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