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STATEMENT FROM PRC CHAIRMAN RICHARD GORDON

We have seen increasing COVID-19 cases and positivity rate especially in the National Capital Region (NCR) during the past week.The positivity rate in NCR is up to 18.9% as of September 28, 2022 from 17.5% on September 21.

However, growth in new cases, or the Average Daily Attack Rate (ADAR), has decreased from 1.28 on September 19 down to 1.10% as of September 26 but rose sharply to 7.42 per day per 100,000 population as of September 29, 2022.

This is considered MODERATE RISK for a surge in new cases of COVID-19 in the metro. We are seeing that the main cause of this rise is the increased mobility of people due to the opening of classes and less restrictive policies in the use of public vehicles (full capacity now).

The good news is that health care utilization rate still remains low at 35% as of September 28, down from 38% on September 21, 2022, according to the OCTA Research Group. 

Richard J. Gordon, Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), continues to warn the public to be vigilant and not complacent, to be on guard, to still practice the Minimum Health Protocols of MASK (Wear Masks in crowded places and indoors), IWAS (practice social distancing even in schools or public transportation), HUGAS (wash hands frequently, especially after touching objects like car doors, stair railings, jeepney or bus handles, and door knobs and elevator buttons). It is also important to still go for testing using RT-PCR when possible. ALL symptomatic clients can be tested in the nine Red Cross Molecular Laboratories nationwide, charged to PhilHealth. For asymptomatic contacts, we also recommend testing, especially if attending family or social gathering where there areat-risk groups like children below 5 years old and senior citizens (60 years old and older). Our testing rates are among the lowest in the country.

We at the PRC are also one with the government in the call to ramp up vaccination efforts, especially boosters for high-risk populations like A1- health care workers; A2- Senior Citizens ,and A3 – those with co-morbidities. Please get vaccinated to protect your loved ones from getting the Covid 19 Virus from YOU! You may not realize it, but your having no vaccinations put your loved ones at risk because the risk of acquiring the disease is higher in vaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals, and you, not knowning it, may bring the virus home to the vulnerable memebers of the family. Go to the nearest PRC Vaccination Centers Nationwide or coordinate with your Local Government Units (LGUs) so they can bring the Red Cross Bakuna Buses to your community, island or barangay. We have Bakuna Buses moving nationwide. LETS CONTINUE TO BE VIGILANT, COVID IS STILL HERE, MASK, IWAS, HUGAS KAMAY, BAKUNA AT MAGPATEST.

Days after Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) ravaged the provinces of Quezon, Aurora, and swaths of Central Luzon, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensifies its help to the most severely affected communities, focusing on those whose schools were destroyed and where farmers and fisherfolk lost their livelihood.

“Magbibigay tayo ng Php5,000.00 cash sa mga tao doon at mga non-food items din,” Gordon said. (PRC will also provide Php5,000.00 cash as well as non-food items to the affected people there.)

“Sa Burdeos, Polillo Islands, nakita namin ‘yung nagibang eskwelahan doon, sa Burdeos National High School. Bukas magpapadala na kami ng tulong doon. Sabi ko unahin nyo na ‘yung eskwelahan para ‘yung mga bata doon makapasok at makapag-aral. Magpapadala kami ng mga yero doon, at mag-hire tayo ng mga local na karpintero, upang magawa ‘yung eskwelahan ng mga bata,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon. (In Burdeos, Polillo Islands, we saw the Burdeos National High School destroyed. Tomorrow,

PRC will send help there. I told my staff to prioritize the school so that the children can go back to school. We will send CGI sheets there and hire local carpenters to repair the school.)

PRC will also send printers and school supplies to Burdeos National High School.

Gordon emphasized that the Red Cross will provide assistance to the farmers who lost their crops, the fisherfolk who lost their boats, and the thousands of families whose houses were destroyed by Karding. PRC will give cash assistance to the more than 1,000 farmers and fisherfolk affected in Polillo Islands, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, and Tarlac. For those who lost their houses, the PRC will distribute tarpaulin in the meantime, while CGI sheets and shelter tool kits are being prepared for dispatch.

“Sa mga nagibang mga bahay, magbibigay muna kami ng mga tarpaulin, kasi ‘yung mga yero na ibibigay ay mabibigat, so pansamantala ‘yung mga tarpaulin muna. Pero may yero na darating; at kapag nagbibigay kami ng mga yero, may kasamang martilyo, lagari, pako — lahat na — kumpleto ‘yan, para magkaroon agad ng cover ang mga tao,” Gordon elaborated. (For those whose houses were destroyed, we will give tarpaulins temporarily, because the CGI sheets we will give are heavy; that’s why in the meantime, it will be the tarpaulins first. But CGI sheets will arrive, and when we give CGI sheets, they come with a hammer, saw, nails — everything — that is complete, so that the people will immediately have a cover.)

The country’s foremost humanitarian organization will also give psychological first aid to the children and adults who were traumatized by the wrath of Karding.

“Noong nag-iikot ang Assessment Team ng Red Cross, maraming tao, hindi lang mga bata, pati ang mga matatanda, ang umiiyak. Na-trauma ‘yang mga yan, kaya napakaimportante ng psychosocial support. Malaki ang trauma kasi kapag tinamaan ka ng malakas na bagyo, na akala mo mamamatay ka na,” added Gordon. (When PRC Assessment Teams were going around, there were a lot of people, not just children, but also adults, who were crying. They show signs of trauma; that is why psychosocial support is very important. The trauma is serious when a strong typhoon hits you, when you think you might die.)

Gordon: PH Red Cross Does More Than The Usual, Responds to Provinces Hit By Karding

“We are everywhere. The PRC is doing more than the usual in ensuring that communities affected are given immediate help and lifelines restored,” Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided initial help to people affected by Super Typhoon Karding today, 26 September 2022. Following the impact of Karding, PRC served hot meals to more than 1,000 evacuees in Baseco Compound, Manila City; Bagong Silangan Elementary School, Quezon City; Marikina Elementary School and Concepcion Elementary School, Marikina City; Louis Francisco Elementary School, Valenzuela City; Infanta National High School, Quezon; Barangay Pansol, Pila, Laguna; Pakil Elementary School, Pakil, Laguna; Barangay Pinagbayanan, Mabitac, Laguna; and Siniloan Elementary School, Siniloan, Laguna.

PRC volunteers and staff transported evacuees from evacuation centers in Marikina City to return to their homes. The PRC team also helped clear closed evacuation areas and river parks. PRC’s welfare team set up a First Aid station and a Welfare Desk at the evacuation center in Valenzuela City. The PRC Quezon-Lucena Chapter also set up a Welfare Desk with a generator set, where people can charge their mobile devices for free at the evacuation center in Infanta National High School.

Teams have been deployed to Polillo Island and the Quezon-Lucena area, Bulacan, and Antique to conduct more in-depth assessment of provinces in the cyclone’s path to determine their needs. A payloader will also be deployed today to help with clearing operations in Barangay Antutot, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. Trained personnel will conduct psychological first aid to adults and children in the Infanta National High School evacuation center.

Karding made landfalls in the vicinity of Burdeos, Quezon and Dingalan, Aurora yesterday, 25 September.

Long after Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) has struck the Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the German Red Cross, and the American Red Cross, continues in aiding severely affected communities in Visayas and Mindanao. 

On 19 September 2022, the PRC, under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon, distributed emergency shelter assistance to 100 families and multi-purpose cash grants to 223 families in Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte. The emergency shelter assistance, worth P9,600.00 per family, consisted of CGI (corrugated galvanized iron) sheets and shelter tool kits, while the cash assistance was P5,000.00 per family. The total amount of humanitarian aid distributed was P2,075,000.00.

“These cash grants and shelter tool kits are beneficial to their recovery. It will jumpstart the livelihoods of the affected families in Southern Leyte. It can ensure their recovery and help them start anew,” Gordon said.

This week’s recovery operations in Padre Burgos is part of a series of humanitarian aid distribution from December 2021 to September 2022 worth over P425 million, covering Southern Leyte, Leyte, Palawan, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Lapu-Lapu City, Bohol, Dinagat Islands, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur.     

Long after disasters are gone, the Philippine Red Cross continues to be there for the stricken communities.

No less than the current Regional Director of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for the Asia Pacific, Alexander Matheou, exclaimed that the entire federation and the Philippines is extremely fortunate to have the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and its Chairman, Richard J. Gordon to lead the organization. Matheou said this during TY Odette Recovery Operations in the islands of Siargao and Dinagat, and in Surigao Del Norte that took place last Thursday, September 15, 2022.

“You know we (the Federation) are very lucky, you are very lucky, in the Philippines, you have one of the best Red Cross Societies in the whole world, and you have one of the best Red Cross Leaders in the whole world, Chairman Richard Gordon,” said Matheou as he spoke in front of the assistance beneficiaries in the island of Siargao. 

Matheou said this after witnessing firsthand how PRC Chairman molded and led the entire PH Red Cross to efficiently and effectively bring much-needed assistance to the most vulnerable communities not only those who are affected by Typhoon Odette, but also other disasters that have struck the country in the last 20 years.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and other partner national societies, provided cash and emergency shelter assistance to 1,803 families in San Benito municipality, Siargao Island; Surigao City; and Basilisa municipality, Dinagat Islands amounting to Php 14 Million in these provinces alone.

This is part of the more than P425 million humanitarian assistance allocated to families devastated by Typhoon Odette last December. Each families received Php 5,000.00 pesos to help them in their livelihood. Families who received emergency shelter assistance got Php 9,600.00 worth of shelter took kits, including heavy-duty corrugated galvanized iron sheets.

Matheou’s hailing of the PRC and Chairman Gordon’s leadership is not the first from the global movement. 

In his trip to Marawi City last June of 2019, Peter Maurer, the President of the International Committee of Red Cross hailed Chairman Gordon for upholding humanitarian principles. Maurer extolled Red Gordon to promote the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement’s works and considers Gordon as a “reputational pride” in the international movement.

Also last June 2019, during his visit to the Philippines, the President of the IFRC, Francesco Rocca expressed his gratitude to the PRC Chairman and the PRC volunteers. Rocca highlighted PRC’s dedicated work and how it continues to inspire across borders.

Rocca also hailed the PRC last August of this year, during the Northern Luzon Earthquake, where PRC staff and volunteers immediately responded to areas affected by the magnitude this year.

“Leadership is action, not a position. I have instilled this in the thousands of staff and volunteers across our country. The PRC will always be there for the most vulnerable in our society, before, during, and even months and years after a disaster, we will continue to be there. Our mantra is ethos, Volunteers + Logistics + Information Technology equals to a Philippine Red Cross that is Always First, Always Ready, and Always There”, said PRC Chairman Gordon.

Nine months after Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) struck the Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the German Red Cross, and the Netherlands Red Cross, provided cash and emergency shelter assistance to 1,803 families in San Benito municipality, Siargao Island; Surigao City; and Basilisa municipality, Dinagat Islands today, September 15.

Part of the more than P455 million humanitarian assistance was dispensed to 1,042 families who received P5,000.00 cash assistance each and 761 families who were provided CGI (corrugated galvanized iron) sheets and shelter tool kits worth P9,600.00. The P12.5 million distributed today is part of the recovery assistance PRC allocated for victims of Typhoon Odette.

 “Katulad ng sinabi ko sa simula ng 2022, hindi natin kakalimutan ang Typhoon Odette. Kaya nandito pa rin ang Red Cross para sa mga pamilyang lubos na naapektuhan, hanggang sila ay makabawi mula sa mga epekto ng Odette. Sabi nga ng Philippine Red Cross hymn, ‘When the world no longer watches, we do what must be done,’” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon emphasized.

PRC’s cash, emergency shelter, and livelihood assistance distribution also covers Southern Leyte, Leyte, Palawan, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) over the weekend deployed anew its mobile Covid-19 “Bakuna Bus,” in fulfillment of its mandate as auxiliary to the government in the humanitarian field. The bus was deployed in response to a request by Chinabank Binondo Business Center for its workers to get vaccinated and boosted. One hundred seventy-one individuals were inoculated.

The deployment was the 13th deployment of the PRC Bakuna Bus in Manila City since August 2021. Previous deployments include Hospicio de San Jose, UP Manila, University of the East, Adamson University, and Manila North Port Harbour. The PRC expressed gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to Manila City’s Covid-19 vaccination efforts.

The PRC Bakuna Bus is a bus whose interior is set up with facilities for administering vaccines, Covid-19 vaccines and supplies, and space for vaccinators. It is PRC’s way of bringing the vaccines and information to the people, assuaging their hesitations to get vaccinated. As of date, the PRC has deployed 20 Bakuna buses across the country. The Bakuna buses complement PRC’s Bakuna Centers and Bakuna Teams. More than 488,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and boosters have been administered in these buses.

“The Red Cross continues its Covid-19 response through our Bakuna Buses, Bakuna Teams, and Bakuna Centers. We also continue to provide RT-PCR and antigen testing in our molecular laboratories,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said.

As of 11 September 2022, the PRC has administered more than 1.4 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines and boosters across the country, fully vaccinating over half a million persons. The Department of Health continues to educate the people that the protective effect of vaccines is maximized only when at least 70% of the population are vaccinated.

Philippine Red Cross staff and volunteers first aid training

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) stresses the importance of training in first aid as it joins the World First Aid Day celebration on September 12, with the theme “Lifelong First Aid.” The world celebrates World First Aid Day every second Saturday of September.

Emergencies such as a fall, poisoning, and choking can occur at home, at work, and in social settings. Having a trained first aider ensures prompt action can be taken. The first four minutes of an emergency is a critical period; if action is taken, the patient has higher chances of survival. PRC’s first aid training course includes Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), an emergency lifesaving procedure done on patients whose hearts have stopped beating. Researches show that cardiac arrest patients who are given CPR in pre-hospital settings have higher chances of survival.

PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon envisions having one member per Filipino family who knows first aid, including CPR. “Kapag may training ka sa first aid, may lakas ng loob ka rumesponde kapag may emergency, na maaaring mangyari sa mga oras na kasama mo ang iyong pamilya, mga kaibigan, o mga ka-opisina” Gordon said.

The PRC Safety Services Team has trained over 58,000 individuals in first aid from January 1, 2022 to September 26, 2022 in its 102 chapters. It provides the following first aid training courses: (1) Standard First Aid Training and Basic Life Support/CPR – AED Training, (2) Occupational First Aid Training and Basic Life Support/CPR – AED Training, and (3) Emergency First Aid Training. Those who have taken any of the courses may renew their certificate every two years.

Those interested in taking a first aid training course with the PRC may call the following numbers: (02) 8790-2365 / 8790-2366 for further information.

Philippine Red Cross now offer COVID-19 antigen tests

Mandaluyong City, Philippines – Today, September 8, 2022, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) announces its COVID-19 Antigen Test, a faster and cheaper COVID-19 testing alternative.

PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said that starting this Thursday, PRC’s molecular laboratories at the PLMC Building in Mandaluyong City and the PRC Port Area Offices will be offering COVID-19 antigen tests for Php400.00.

“The pandemic is still here, and there is still a critical need in our country to continue testing. Although Omicron infections appear milder, there is a need to urge caution because the virus is still spreading. Now with our COVID-19 antigen testing, PRC can provide diagnosis in minutes. With the price of 400 pesos, it is within reach of our people,” said Gordon.

Booking an appointment for PRC’s antigen test can be done through book.redcross.com.ph.

The country’s foremost humanitarian organization reminds the public that RT-PCR Swab and Saliva tests are still the gold standard when it comes to detecting COVID-19. Both are still available at the PRC molecular laboratories.

PRC is at the frontlines of this pandemic, winning our war against COVID-19 through its innovative actions, including the establishment of molecular laboratories to test the population. The first laboratory started operation in April 2020, the first of its kind in the country. Since then, PRC has tested almost 6 MILLION swab and saliva samples for CoVID-19. Testing is important to know who among the population is positive in order to have these people treated and isolated from the general public.

“Ang Philippine Red Cross ang kauna-unahang nagkaroon ng automated RT-PCR tests sa Pilipinas. Araw-araw, sinisikap ng aming volunteers at staff na laging maging una, laging handa, at laging nandyan para sa ating mga kababayan sa panahon ng emergency at sakuna. Maraming nasagip na buhay dahil sa mga laboratories ng PRC,” Gordon said.

Bohol and Cebu receives assistance from PRC 8 months after TY Odette

TRed Cross continues to help TY Odette-affected communities in Bohol, Cebu to get humanitarian assistance

More than eight months after Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) struck the Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with the American Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), provided cash and emergency shelter assistance to 4,856 families from 19 barangays in Bohol, Cebu province, and Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu today, September 6.

Six hundred seven families received Php5,000.00 cash assistance, while 4,249 families were provided CGI (corrugated galvanized iron) sheets and shelter tool kits worth Php9,600.00. The total value of humanitarian aid distributed amounted to Php43.825 million. Today’s distribution is part of the more than Php455 million humanitarian and development assistance the PRC has allocated to families affected by Typhoon Odette and other calamities that affected Mindanao and Visayas from December 2021 to September 2022.

“Katulad ng sinabi ko sa simula ng 2022, hindi natin kakalimutan ang Typhoon Odette. Kaya nandito pa rin ang Red Cross para sa mga pamilyang lubos na naapektuhan, hanggang sila ay makabawi mula sa mga epekto ng Odette. Sabi nga ng Philippine Red Cross hymn, ‘When the world no longer watches, we do what must be done,’” Gordon emphasized.

Other partners of the PRC in these activities are the German Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross, and the European Union. PRC’s cash, emergency shelter, and livelihood assistance distribution also covers Southern Leyte, Leyte, Palawan, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Dinagat Islands, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur.

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