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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.

Philippine Red Cross Typhoon Milenyo Operations

Milenyo’s wrath equated to 51 deaths with a minimum 195 injured with dozens of people reportedly missing. In total, at least 13,602 houses are reported destroyed in 21 provinces and 23,790 severely damaged, affecting at least 197,268 persons. A total of 132 evacuation centers were set up by local authorities in stricken areas.

PRC Camarines Sur Chapter reported 1,676 houses were destroyed and another 6,126 damaged. In addition, there were three deaths, including a 6-month old boy who was crushed by a collapsed wall. In seven barangays in Eastern Samar, the local PRC chapter reported that a total of 329 families were affected. PRC chapters based in Metro Manila reported that more than 1,000 families were affected in the cities of Manila, Pasay, Taguig, Marikina, and Paranaque. Milenyo devastated Sorsogon as well, destroying 5,427 houses while damaging 3,005 homes.

At the onset of the disastrous typhoon, PRC deployed teams to make assess the damage and determine the needs of affected communities focusing on relief, health, water and sanitation, psychosocial support, and logistics.

PRC managed to provide 4,774 families with food assistance. It also deployed large numbers of volunteers for search and rescue, assisted families in evacuation centers, and implemented the clean up of roads. PRC also provided cash advances in the amount of PHP 800,000 from its Disaster Management Services, and 400 sacks of rice (through a local branch of the National Food Authority) were made available to various chapters in typhoon-hit areas.

During all these, PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon was at the helm, calling for support to sustain the humanitarian efforts for the thousands and thousands of families affected by Milenyo.

It is a day that the men and women of the Philippine Red Cross will never forget. It is also a day that strengthens the resolve of the not just PRC, but the entire nation.

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.

Gabayanihan: Red Cross launches web-based app for labor migrants.
With a growing number of Filipinos choosing to sail and fly in other lands for myriad of reasons— search for permanent settlement, overseas work, or safer or better prospects— the Philippine Red Cross (PRC),together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), seeks to decrease the risks of violence, discrimination, exploitation, trafficking, abuse, and illegal recruitment a labor migrant might face.

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