The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) celebrates Global Handwashing Day (GHD) 2021, with the theme, our future is at hand, let’s move forward together. GHD is a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases.
PRC Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) unit spearheads the event to reach 1,000,000 children and educate them on the importance of proper handwashing. A webinar will be held on October 15, 2021. The webinar will cover relevant topics and key messages on proper hand hygiene along with influential speakers and subject-matter experts.
PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon once became a brand ambassador of Safeguard in 2008, to promote proper handwashing to children. This partnership led PRC to extend its operation through the WASH unit to educate of handwashing with soap so they can protect themselves against preventable diseases, during times of disasters, calamities, and especially the pandemic.
“Mahalagang maturuan natin ang kabataan ng proper handwashing dahil ito ay makakatulong upang maiwasan ang diseases kagaya ng diarrhea, cough, colds, pneumonia, and skin rashes. It is important to arm them with basic knowledge on how to protect themselves so that in the future these children will teach the future generation, and together, we can move forward,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC through its local chapters has constructed WASH facilities in schools and communities to make it accessible for the residents of proper handwashing. PRC also provided portable handwashing facilities and drumvatories in schools, markets, and isolation facilities as part of its COVID-19 response, as the study shows that proper handwashing can prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), led by Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, mobilized PRC Bacolod City Chapter to provide humanitarian assistance to survivors and surviving families of the submerged fishing boat last September 24, 2021.
The PRC Bacolod Chapter, along with the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Offices of Cadiz City, provided food assistance and psychosocial support to 25 survivors of the submerged fishing boat, which led to 9 casualties.
“Nakikiramay ang buong Philippine Red Cross at ako sa mga namatay sa trahedya. Ipinadala namin ang aming Welfare Services team upang magsagawa ng psychosocial support at magbigay ng food assistance sa mga survivors ng trahedya,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
The PRC Welfare Services, with the help of its trained staff and volunteers, offers psychosocial support and critical incident stress management to individuals affected by typhoons, calamities, disasters, and conflicts to cope with the current situation.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon strongly emphasizes practicing safety protocols when going out despite recent drop in reported new cases. The Department of Health (DOH) reported 9,055 new cases last October 05, 2021, compared to the 20,755 new cases reported last September 26, 2021.
“Ang pagbaba ng kaso ng COVID-19 cases does not mean we should let our guard down. Our battle against this invisible virus is far from over, but we can counter it by encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and get tested regularly to make sure that all people around us are safe from transmission,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC continues its fight to combat COVID-19 through its Bakuna Centers and Bakuna Buses, vaccinating over 284,689 individuals. PRC also conducted various humanitarian initiatives like the Hot Meals On Wheels food trucks which has provided 94,757 ready-to-eat meals to lockdown affected residents nationwide to date.
Sen. Dick Gordon also urged everyone to get tested regularly for COVID-19. PRC recently lowered its prices for swab and saliva RT-PCR tests, which now cost Php2,800 and Php1,500, respectively. To date, PRC conducted 4,517,998 tests, which is 21% of the country’s national testing output.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) commemorates the first anniversary since the visit of his eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to the Philippine Red Cross Logistics and Multipurpose Centre (PLMC) molecular laboratory last October 08, 2020.
Cardinal Tagle visited and blessed the newly built PLMC molecular laboratory, PRC’s 2nd molecular laboratory, in the country. Since then, PRC has established 14 molecular laboratories nationwide and has tested to over 4,528,998, which is 21% of the country’s national testing output.
“One year ago ay nagpunta ang aking pinsan na si Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle dito sa PLMC molecular laboratory at nagsagawa ng blessing upang maging matagumpay ang ating laban kontra COVID-19. Sa ngayon ay nalalapit na sa 5 million tests ang nagagawa ng PRC, at mas marami ang buhay na ating naisasalba sa pamamagitan ng pagtetest at upang hindi makahawa sa mga mahal natin sa buhay,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC continues to push for regular testing as it lowers prices for its swab and saliva RT-PCR test to make it affordable to its clients, who want to get tested for COVID-19. PRC also continues its operation in partner malls as saliva collection sites to make them accessible and convenient to everyone.
PRC also is very active in its COVID-19 response such as the Bakuna Centers, the deployment of Bakuna Buses to vaccinate individuals in far-flung areas, the deployment of food trucks to feed lockdown-affected individuals, and the establishment of the different PRC Isolation Facilities and Emergency Field Hospital for mild to moderate cases of COVID-19.