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) continues to provide aid through its local chapter by rolling out a cash distribution program for the victims of Typhoon Rolly years after the devastating hurricane ravaged the areas of Camarines Sur. Over 390 beneficiaries from four barangays from the Municipality of Nabua were given PHP4,000 each earlier this week.
The PRC Cam Sur Chapter distributed the cash grants in Nabua with 103 beneficiaries from Brgy. Malawag, 66 from Topas Proper, 24 from Sto. Domingo, and 113 from Sta. Lucia.
The cash grant was the second installment of PRC’s Household Livelihood Assistance for the typhoon-ravaged areas of the province.
“Typhoon Rolly has come and go, but the damage it brought is still felt by our kababayans. Kaya naman tuloy-tuloy lang ang ating pagbibigay tulong sa mga kababayan natin diyan sa Cam Sur,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.
The PRC management said that it will continue to be the lifeline of the people and will not stop its humanitarian work in providing aid to the most vulnerable.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide help to the Province of Batanes weeks after it was ravaged by Typhoon Kiko.
On October 7, 2021, the Batanes Chapter of PRC extended help to 27 families in Brgy. San Joaquin in Basco, Batanes. These families were categorized as critically affected by Kiko, with their homes being severely damaged by the storm.
PRC gave each family two pieces of tarpaulins to serve as temporary shelter, two jerry cans with water tablets, one set of shelter tool kits to repair their homes. Each shelter tool kit comes with an easy-to-follow manual to help the affected families to rebuild their houses.
PRC’s continuous humanitarian response to the Province of Batanes is in partnership with the American Red Cross.
“The support in Batanes does not stop here. I instructed the PRC Batanes Chapter to continue validating how many are still affected and continue to distribute relief in the affected barangays,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Sen Dick Gordon.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is now ready to roll out the saliva RT-PCR testing after it completed and passed all the requirements, January 21, 2021.
This came after the Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 Laboratory Expert Panel gave a positive recommendation leading to the approval of the use of saliva as an alternative specimen for RT-PCR testing among PRC laboratories.
In a letter addressed to PRC Chairman & CEO Sen. Richard Gordon, Secretary of Health Francisco T. Duque III commended the humanitarian organization “for finishing the pilot implementation in a short period of time and complying with the initial recommendations provided by the Department.”
PRC has been in talks with DOH and the Food & Drugs Authority for the approval of the saliva test for public use. The health bureau recommended PRC to conduct a pilot launch of 1000 tested samples for a full review. On January 13, Chairman Gordon led the PRC saliva RT-PCR pilot testing joined by health frontliners and media practitioners.
”DOH commends your continued support and assistance to our country in assuring that all measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection are being explored and studied to keep the Filipino people safe from the threats of this infectious disease,” Duque further expressed his appreciation of PRC.
Saliva test: Providing an alternative
Red Cross explored saliva RT-PCR test as an alternative because it is non-invasive and less-stringent.
Unlike the RT-PCR swab test, there is no need for a specimen collector to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE). It also uses less equipment and reagents making it cheaper. The sample processing time is shorter compared to other tests as it runs only for three to four hours.
“The Philippine Red Cross brings RT-PCR saliva test to the country for the first time. While waiting for the vaccine, the saliva test could pave the way to test more students, healthcare workers, factory workers, company employees, and other essential workers to help stop the spread of the virus,” Chairman Gordon added.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will send additional medical tents to address the health problems caused by the closing of several hospitals in Mindanao that were damaged by series of earthquakes last month.
After visiting the emergency medical tents in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon ordered for more tents with more beds to be added to avoid patients sharing beds with those caring for them as this may cause disease transmission.
Two (2) additional temporary medical tents from PRC Health Services are expected to arrive in Kidapawan City Hospital by Friday, November 29.
Along with these, portable toilets and a water bladder will also be added to support proper hygiene and sanitation and to ensure adequate supply of water. For Davao del Sur, shelter assistance will be given after assessment and another water bladder will be added to the operating assets of PRC.
“We have to extend medical assistance to affected individuals and avoid possible outbreak of diseases since a number of hospitals are having difficulties in addressing the needs of their patients such as, limited number of rooms while others aren’t safe yet due to cracks as a result of powerful tremors,” Gordon added.
The PRC Health Services (HS) and Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) currently has 2 sets of 6×6 meter tents, 1 set of 6 by 9 meters tent, 20 cot beds and a generator in Kidapawan City Hospital.
These 3 air-conditioned medical tents with improved roofing and 1 additional gazebo tent for duty volunteers, a ward, Out Patient Area and area for Delivery Room are being utilized and headed by PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter.
As of November 26, more than 420 families received hygiene kits and food items while 357 families from Magsaysay received food items (FIs) and non-food items (NFIs) such as sleeping and hygiene kits, jerry cans and tarpaulins in Kidapawan City.
Hygiene kits are vital due to the high risk of catching diseases in evacuation centers as these places are often crowded and practice of sanitation is a challenge. Jerry cans greatly help evacuees as water supply has been problematic since the earthquakes.
A new breed of volunteers arises, the millennials, also known as Generation Y, in quake-hit areas in Mindanao.
The Philippine Red Cross gratefully recognizes the tireless efforts of these volunteers, the new breed of heroes behind PRC’s humanitarian service for millions of Filipinos, especially the most vulnerable.
After the series of earthquakes that hit several parts of Mindanao, hundreds of Red Cross volunteers were deployed to support the relief operations and other missions of PRC particularly in two of the hardest-hit areas, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.
One of them was Jessa Mae Arellano, a 19-year old 1st year college student from Magpet, North Cotabato and a member of Red Cross Youth (RCY).
Jessa, a freshman student of Central Mindanao Colleges, has been serving as a volunteer of Philippine Red Cross – North Cotabato-Kidapawan Chapter since 2017, and when the series of earthquakes jolted Mindanao last month, she was deployed to hard-hit areas such as in Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City and the Municipality of Makilala.
“My cousin encouraged me to join the Red Cross Youth, masarap sa pakiramdam na marami kang natutulungan especially the most vulnerable. Simula nung sumali ako sa RCY na-enjoy ko ang humanitarian activities ng PRC,” Arellano said.
Repacking of relief goods, beneficiary card and relief distribution were among the primary responsibilities of Jessa in several evacuation centers in Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City and Makilala since October 29.
On November 22, 2019, Jessa developed a fever caused by urinary tract infection that made her incapable of performing her duties as a volunteer, in one of the temporary medical tents in Kidapawan City Hospital for 3 days.
When she was discharged she reaffirmed her commitment to alleviate human suffering and provide adequate assistance to the most vulnerable.
“Kahit nung nagkasakit ako, hindi nawawala yung pagpupursige ko na makatulong sa mga kababayan nating naapektuhan ng lindol dito sa North Cotabato. I will continue this humanitarian mission” Arellano added.
PRC also salutes another passionate volunteer, Geno Alexis Bornea, a Balikbayan from U.S., who pursues his passion for cooking amidst the relief operations in quake-hit areas in Mindanao.
Geno’s contribution to the mission of PRC come by way utilizing his cooking experience to prepare a variety of Filipino and other Asian dishes for the people housed in evacuation centers.
“I worked as a kitchen staff in several restaurants and fastfood chains in the U.S. and since then, I’ve been using this experience to continue my passion for cooking and shared my expertise by way of volunteering for different humanitarian missions of the Philippine Red Cross,” Bornea said.
Overcoming these challenges provides Geno the satisfaction of helping the most vulnerable.
The 25-year old volunteer utilizes the budget of PRC’s Social Welfare office wisely since they are catering to hundreds of families in evacuation centers with the help of other volunteers from Red Cross Youth.
The Philippine Red Cross vaccinated a total of 22,029 children in Metro Manila and Mindanao at the start of the second round of Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio for children ages 0-5 years old from November 25 to December 7.
PRC’s target for the 12 day period is 100,000 children, an average of 8,000-9,000 per day for both Metro Manila and Mindanao. Of the 22,029 vaccinated on the first day, 11,290 were from Metro Manila.
“Children being the most vulnerable in our society need utmost care and protection, especially when it comes to their health. PRC aims to have 100,000 children vaccinated against Polio”, said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon.
A total of 1,113 volunteers and 73 staff were mobilized for this project: 633 volunteers in Metro Manila and 480 volunteers in Mindanao. These volunteers and staff were vaccinators divided into teams composed of a team leader, vaccinator, recorder, and health educator.
The PRC, through its vaccination teams, will ensure that eligible children get their “patak”, and the mother correctly understands the vaccine that their child gets. The parents and guardians were also given orientation on health and hygiene and the importance of adhering to all government required child vaccinations.
Around 4.4 million children 5 years old below need to be vaccinated: 1.3 million in Metro Manila and 3.1 million in Mindanao.
A total of 25 chapters (9 from NCR and 16 from Mindanao) participated in the second wave of “Sabayang Patak Kontra Polio”. PRC vaccination teams graced Quezon City, Pasay, Marikina, Manila, Caloocan, Pasig, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Taguig, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, Davao Oriental, Lanao Del Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Cotabato, Bukidnon, General Santos City, Iligan City, Zamboanga City, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi to administer the oral vaccine.
Mandaluyong, Philippines – November 7, 2019 –Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the number one motorcycle manufacturer in the country, through Honda Foundation, Inc., the corporate social responsibility arm of the Honda Group of Companies, recently donated motorcycle units to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to help mobilize and support its advocacies.
Last November 7, the Honda Philippines team, headed by HPI President Susumu Mitsuishi and HPI Executive Consultant Armie Reyes, handed over a total of 21 motorcycle units, particularly ten (10) TMX125 Alpha and eleven (11) Wave110 Alpha, to the board members of the PRC, headed by Senator Richard Gordon, the organization’s chairman and CEO.
The project aims to help the PRC in providing quality life-saving service to the community through Honda motorcycles that can serve as the quickest mode of transportation. The motorcycles will also help enable on-time delivery of services to its beneficiaries and donors, especially during emergency situations. A total of 104 motorcycle units will be donated to PRC distributed to 104 PRC chapters nationwide.
“Honda has always been committed to helping important institutions, like the Philippine Red Cross, in achieving advocacies that save lives. We also consider this project as our way of giving back to the community,” said Mitsuishi.
As a premier humanitarian organization, the PRC is committed to providing quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity, especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations. At present, the organization provides six major services: Blood Services, Disaster Management Services, Safety Services, Health Services, Social Services, Red Cross Youth, and Volunteer Services.
“The Honda Family is grateful for this opportunity to help and collaborate with the Philippine Red Cross in the best way we can as we share the same dream of providing better quality lives for Filipinos,” added Mitsuishi.
The donation project is also in line with Honda’s ONE DREAM campaign, which aims to make Honda products serve as tools in achieving one’s dream and to unite all Filipinos through meaningful projects and activities.
To know more, please follow Honda Philippines, Inc.’s Facebook page and Instagram account at @hondaph_mc.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Cavite Chapter held its 30th Biennial Convention on November 22, 2019 in Imus, Cavite with the theme “Thru the years…Philippine Red Cross Volunteers: The Lifeline of the Cavitenos.
PRC Cavite Chapter volunteers, like their counterparts throughout the country, are committed to alleviate human suffering and uplift human dignity. In fulfillment of this commitment, these volunteers give their time, effort and energy making them an integral part of PRC’s projects and responses whether these are for natural disasters or man-made emergency situations. Volunteers are a vital component of PRC.
“PRC salutes all the untiring volunteers who made a commitment in alleviating human suffering and uplifting one’s dignity. They are extremely important component of the organization”, said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon.
The 30th Biennial Convention of PRC-Cavite Chapter provided the occasion for the Chairman of its Board of Directors, Governor Gilbert Cesar Remulla to report on the chapter’s accomplishments, activities and financial performance. PRC-Cavite Chapter is one of the more reliable chapters in providing PRC’s services particularly in the areas of blood services and First Aid and Basic Life Support. Consistently ranked as one of the top 20 chapters, PRC- Cavite has been helping the most vulnerable since its establishment in August 1945.
PRC Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla to Cavite Chapter: “Cavite is not only the land of the brave, but the home of the many selfless men and women like you and many more others who are working for our organization to really make it the partner of choice and really the lifeline of the people”.
The oath-taking of the newly-elected board of directors of the Cavite Chapter was led by PRC Governor Corazon Alma de Leon.
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.