Through the initiative of Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon to provide an immediate response to the Visayas and Mindanao region affected by the recent Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai), PRC Hot Meals on Wheels provided free ready-to-eat meals to 75,141 individuals, since the beginning of Typhoon Odette operations.
In the immediate aftermath of any disaster, access to food is usually disrupted, with displaced families unable to prepare their food. This threatens the health, nutrition, and well-being of affected communities. The “Hot Meals on Wheels” program seeks to address this by having a fleet of food trucks that could be easily mobilized to provide food relief within 24 hours of a disaster.
PRC’s Hot Meals on Wheels first started in 2005, through the vision of PRC Chairman Dick Gordon to provide food to the most vulnerable. PRC acquired its first food truck when Chairman Gordon donated his personal funds to procure a food truck and distributed it to the different PRC chapters in the National Capital Region.
As of this writing, PRC’s food trucks have catered to over a million people, responding to disasters like Bohol Earthquake and Zamboanga Siege in 2013, Mindanao Earthquake in 2019, Typhoon Rolly and Ulysses in 2020, and throughout the entire COVID-19 operations.
When the COVID-19 pandemic happened in the Philippines, imposing a lockdown in the country, Thousands of Filipinos lost their jobs, their source of livelihood, and have restricted access to food. Through PRC Hot Meals on Wheels, the humanitarian organization can provide food to the most vulnerable individuals such as senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, and children greatly affected by the pandemic.
To intensify PRC’s covid response in providing Hot Meals to lockdown affected residents, PRC procured seven food trucks last July 2021, and an additional five more last October 2021, making it a fleet of 28 food trucks.
This initiative by PRC is in response to the imposition of strict community quarantine measures that restrict the residents to their access to food and other basic needs.
The food trucks are one of the first responses of PRC in emergencies and are currently stationed in key-strategic areas nationwide to hasten relief operations.
Each food truck is fully-equipped with an industrial-size rice cooker, warmers, oven, and burners. It is designed to provide on-site meals for the victims of disasters and calamities with no access to their homes or cooking facilities. Addressing the need for food is an immediate concern for these unfortunate persons.
“Sa panahon ng sakuna, isa sa pinaka mahalaga sa tao ay ang pagkain. Mahalaga ang mga Food Trucks dahil ilalapit na natin ito sa mga naapektuhan. Hindi na nila kailangan lutuin at kakainin nalang nila ito. May mga volunteer chefs at nutrionist din ang Red Cross upang masiguradong ligtas, masustansya, at masarap ang mga pagkain na ibabahagi sa affected communities,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC’s Food truck has played a vital role in emergency responses through hot meals distribution in evacuation centers, making it one of the first responses by the humanitarian organization to affected communities in times of crisis, disasters, and conflicts.
The hot meals on wheels is just one of the developments seen, as Gordon leads the Philippine Red Cross modernization program.
PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon continued his 2nd day of visit in the Visayas and Mindanao region to personally assess the situation to address the current needs of the Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) affected residents.
Chairman Gordon will head first to Brgy. Punta Bilar, Surigao City and led the distribution of Jerry cans, Sleeping kits, Tarpaulin, and Hygiene Kits to 300 families. The donation is in partnership with Australian Aid.
Chairman Gordon will continue its route to Brgy. Jubang, Municipality of Dapa, Siargao Island to lead the distribution of food items, which contain soy sauce, salt, sugar, five cans of sardines, 25 kg rice, and 2 liters of cooking oil. Target beneficiaries for the food pack distribution are 250 families. The distribution is in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
“ALL OUT TAYO SA SURIGAO! Ito Pangalawang araw ng aking paglilibot sa mga naapektuhan ng Bagyog Odette. Personal ko na pinuntahan upang makita ko kung ano pa ang mga pangangailangan ng tao upang mabigyan ng agarang aksyon,” Gordon said.
Recently, Chairman Gordon deployed two medical tents with 30 cot beds to support Siargao District Hospital due to the increasing number of diarrhea cases in the area. Chairman Gordon will also visit the medical tents and will turn over 20 boxes of Intravenous (IV) fluid.
During the entire distribution, PRC mobilized its food truck and water tankers to simultaneously distribute hot meals and clean water to the residents in the said areas.
“Mula umaga, hanggang gabi, Tuloy tuloy ang Red Cross sa pagbibigay ng tulong sa mga nangangaialangan. Laging Red Cross ang Una, Laging handa, at Laging Nandyan kung saan kami kailangan,” Gordon said.
One month after Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) pummeled 325 cities and municipalities across the Visayas, Mindanao, and Palawan region affecting more than 7.8 million individuals, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide humanitarian relief to different areas greatly affected by Typhoon Odette.
Typhoon Odette, hailed as one of the strongest typhoons recorded on earth in 2021, is similar to Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), which brought torrential rains, strong winds, floods, and storm surges, affecting everything that comes through its path.
Although Typhoon Odette is not as powerful as Typhoon Yolanda, Typhoon Odette damage is comparable to one of the most destructive storms to hit the Philippines.
According to the infographic published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), 1.36 million houses are damaged, displacing 2.9 million individuals.
PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said that the humanitarian organization continues to provide non-food items which include 2,240 sleeping kits, 1,008 shelter tool kits, 3,698 tarpaulins, 1,190 mattresses, 706-bed sheets, and 157 blankets to individuals who were displaced by the Typhoon.
“Kaagad tayo namahagi ng mga non-food items kagaya ng mga sleeping kits, shelter tool kits, at mga tarpaulin upang maging temporary shelters sa mga nawalan ng tahanan. Kahit papaano ay malagyan ng bubong ang kanilang mga sarili,” Chairman Gordon said.
last January 13, 2021, Chairman Gordon appealed for more donations from the international community as the humanitarian organization continuously responds to Typhoon Odette-hit communities. Part of the appeal is to provide homes to the most vulnerable families who lost their homes.
Chairman Gordon highlighted that PRC has provided homes to over 151,000 families as part of the recovery process of families affected by typhoons.
Through the leadership of Chairman Gordon, Red Cross provided 80,207 houses to displaced families with the help of the international community and partner national societies.
“Noon pa tayo tumutulong upang mabigyan ng bahay ang mga apektado ng mga nagdaang bagyo. We dont just build houses, but we build hope to the most vulnerable na kahit anong mangyari hindi kayo papabayaan ng Philippine Red Cross,” Gordon said.
Despite the ongoing surge of COVID-19 cases in the country, Red Cross continues to be of service to the Filipino people. PRC is all out against the pandemic response manning the isolation facilities, emergency tents, vaccination centers, and testing centers.
“This should not be a forgotten disaster. A lot of our fellow Filipinos are still struggling from the onslaught of Typhoon Odette. The Red Cross will continue aiding the most vulnerable until they get back on their feet,” Gordon added.
Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon appeals to the public to continue donating to the PRC fund for Typhoon Odette. The fund not only delivers immediate relief, it also goes towards long term recovery efforts to help more affected families rebuild their lives.
“You can count on the PRC to use your funds properly in providing a lifeline to hapless Filipinos affected by Odette. We were prepared days before the disaster struck and were first to respond as it made landfall. We need your help.. The aftermath of typhoon Odette is a difficult challenge that will go on for the next several months, and only together we can save more lives,” said Gordon.
Urgent response for Super Typhoon Odette continues in Surigao del Norte as PRC volunteers and staff members work tirelessly. Already, the PRC distributed more than 55,000 liters of water in Barangays Oslao, Dias, Honrado, Banbanon in Municipality of San Francisco, and Barangay Rizal, Surigao City.
The team also distributed ready-to-eat meals,(lankets, mosquito nets, plastic mats, tarps, and collapsible jerry cans to 405 families in the hard-hit community of Barangay Honrado.
Altogether, as of January 13, 2022, the PRC provided 13,621 hot meals and has distributed 253,000 liters of water in Surigao de Norte.
For donations, here are the bank details and contact numbers:
EMERGENCY APPEAL – BANK DETAILS
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G/F Knights of Rizal Building Bonifacio Drive, Port Area, Manila
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BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS (BPI)
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G/F Velco Center, Roberto Oca Cor. A.C. Delgado sts., Port Area, Manila
4991 0036 52
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Despite the surging cases of COVID-19 in the country, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to aid the areas greatly affected by Super Typhoon Odette. With over 7 million affected individuals, PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said that Typhoon Odette should not be a forgotten disaster, as more help is needed to restore the lifelines in the provinces.
Describing the aftermath of Odette as “a slow, simpering, difficult challenge that will go on for the next several months,” the Philippine Red Cross(PRC) Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon, held a diplomatic meeting with the International Community to appeal for more donations to fund PRC’s Typhoon Odettte Operations.
The meeting was led by Chairman Gordon and was attended by the different ambassadors worldwide, partner national societies, and the PRC Board of Governors.
Chairman explained the current situation on the ground as he detailed his visit Last January 6-7, 2022, to personally assess the damage brought by Typhoon Odette.
As of writing, PRC has provided 76,748 hot meals, 3,728 food packs, over 3 million liters of clean and potable water was distributed, PHP 3,500 cash assistance to 1,173 families, 2,547 families with temporary shelter, psychosocial support to 10,643 individuals, and hygiene promotion to 52,596 individuals, are among the many humanitarian interventions by PRC.
During the Appeal, Chairman Gordon discussed the current activities of the Red Cross per province, categorized into priorities, based on the damage by Typhoon Odette.
“The Red Cross is everywhere. We are the first to respond, we are always ready with all our assets, and we are there in every province affected even before the typhoon came,” Chairman Gordon said.
Through the Emergency Appeal, the Philippine Red Cross will deliver urgent relief and longer-term recovery efforts to more vulnerable families that will alleviate human suffering.
“Every bit helps, and hopefully we can come out as successful as we did in Haiyan wherein there were no integrity issues in all the typhoon operations and fundraising initiatives,” Gordon said.
Water is the most important resource in or outside of a disaster. Access to clean water for drinking, bathing, and food preparation is essential as a first salvo whenever a disaster strikes. Improving access to water to Odette-devastated areas, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), led by Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, continues to send its water tankers to different communities in Cebu.
“Every day, we continue to deploy our water tankers to disaster-affected communities to provide timely and efficient support,” said Gordon.
Today, PRC Cebu Chapter deployed a tanker to distribute 5000 liters of water each to Sitio Laray and Sitio Socorro, in Kamputhaw, and Sitio Fatima and Brgy. Apas in Cebu City.
Meanwhile, the PRC Lapu-Lapu Chapter also targets distributing water to 104 families at Pusok Elementary School Evacuation Center and 986 families at Sitio Sta. Maria Brgy. Pusok, Lapu-Lapu. Teams from the chapter have also set up a first aid station and a welfare desk to cater to those staying in the Evacuation Center in Brgy. Ibo, Pusok, and Brgy. Buaya.
As of January 12, 2022, the PRC Cebu Chapter has distributed 614,750 liters of water while PRC Lapu-Lapu has distributed 65,000 liters of water to Odette-affected communities.
“One of the first responses we have in any dire situation is the provision of water. With PRC’s fleet of water tankers and water facilities, we are able to service several communities at once,” adds Sen. Gordon.
It is through Chairman Gordon’s vision to modernize that the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has become the leading organization in disaster and emergency response in the Philippines. When Sen. Dick Gordon assumed the position of Chairman and CEO of the prestigious humanitarian organization in 2004, PRC was able to improve its fleet of rescue vehicles to capacitate PRC in its endeavor to alleviate human suffering and uplift the dignity of the Filipino.
Chairman Gordon, with more than 53 years of experience as a volunteer of the Philippine Red Cross, has seen and rescued thousands of individuals during typhoons. Gordon knew that the acquisition of such assets is essential to save thousands of lives in times of disaster, calamity, and other humanitarian interventions.
From one semi-functioning ambulance in 2004, PRC now has 175 ambulances, the sea-going ship M/V Amazing Grace, 139 motorcycles, 34 rubber boats, seven payloaders, eight humvees, two amphibians, ten rescue vehicles, nineteen fire trucks, 22 water tankers, and 28 food trucks ready to be deployed.
Gordon’s modernization program started with a vision that later turned into a reality, making the Philippine Red Cross a moving force in the service of the nation. It continues to serve Filipinos greatly affected by Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) despite the surging cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Days before Typhoon Odette entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), PRC Chairman Dick Gordon instructed all PRC local chapters to mobilize rescue equipment in preparation for the typhoon’s landfall. Staff members and volunteers readied Food trucks, water tankers, rescue boats, ambulances, and rescue vehicles to assist families that were foreseen to be affected by Typhoon Odette.
After the onslaught of the typhoon, more than 700,000 families were affected in 11 regions. Guided by the PRC mandate that volunteers plus logistics plus information technology equals a Red Cross that is always first, always ready, and always there, Chairman Gordon immediately deployed PRC assets to restore a lifeline in the affected areas.
“At the height of the typhoon, we immediately deployed a humanitarian caravan consisting of necessary equipment such as food trucks, water tankers, payloaders, generator sets, VSAT, and other rescue vehicles to assist the affected families and alleviate their suffering,” said Sen. Dick Gordon.
Since water and food are essential in any calamity, Sen Gordon had PRC food trucks mobilized to provide ready-to-eat meals to 76,748 individuals. Water tankers, water treatment units, and water purification units were deployed to provide clean and potable water with a total of two million liters to date.
PRC payloaders also played a vital role in clearing 2,468 cubic yards of debris to make way for more relief. PRC also sent out Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) to restore communication lines thereby allowing 175 individuals to reconnect with their loved ones.
“The PRC is the foremost organization in the provision of relief for the Filipino. We are ready anytime to deploy, provide, and relieve,” ends Sen. Gordon.
As the Philippine Red Cross(PRC), led by Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, continues to address the devastating effects of Super Typhoon Odette, the country’s premier humanitarian organization continues its response operations today with the deployment of water tankers to devastated areas in Negros Oriental Of the total 217,974 liters given as of this date, 30,000 liters were distributed in an evacuation center in Bais.
“No matter the circumstances, we will continue what we do best – give hope and save lives,” reiterates Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon in a statement.
Support from the Red Cross does not flag, however. Red Cross volunteers packed 800 food items for distribution in partnership with the Iloilo Federation Fire Brigade, while relief items for 441 families are ready for delivery to to Brgy. Owacan, Jimalalud.
To date, more than 8,662 individuals in Negros Oriental have received humanitarian aid from the Red Cross and its partners.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon will lead the multipurpose cash grant (MPCG) to 877 individuals in Mandaue City and Cebu City. Non-food items will be distributed to Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai) affected residents in Talisay City on January 06, 2022.
The MPCG will be in two different areas in Cebu. Chairman Gordon will first distribute PHP 3,500 cash assistance to 627 families at Mother Retrude Gym, Brgy. Jagobiao, Mandaue and will traverse to Brgy. Inayawan, Cebu City to distribute PHP 3,500 cash assistance to 250 families.
After the cash distribution, PRC will travel to Talisay Cebu to distribute relief items such as 500 sets of Hygiene Kits, 500 sets of jerry cans, 500 sets of sleeping kits, and 500 sets of tarpaulins.
At the height of Typhoon Odette, Chairman Gordon immediately deployed its payloader to assist in the clearing operations after Typhoon Odette wreaked havoc in the province, causing electrical posts and trees to block roads of debris. Water tankers are also utilized to provide clean and potable water to the affected residents.
PRC also set up a welfare desk to help stranded individuals to reconnect with their families. First aid stations are also put up to provide proper medical healthcare to the residents of Cebu.
“Sabay sabay tayong babangon mula sa hagupit ni Bagyong Odette. Hatid ng Red Cross ay pagasa sa mga labis na naapektuhan ng bagyo. Laging kaming narito upang tumulong upang maibalik ang dignidad sa mga tao at makatulong na tumayo uli sa sarili nating mga paa,” Chairman Gordon said.
Through the leadership of Chairman Gordon, PRC is all out in Typhoon Odette Operation in Cebu. PRC was able to provide ready-to-eat meals to 5,169 individuals in Cebu through the hot meals on wheels, supported 71 individuals with psychosocial support, distributed 338,750 liters of water, hygiene promotion to 10,232 individuals, and cleared 315 cubic yards of debris using the payloader to make way for more relief.
To combat COVID-19, PRC conducted vaccination drives through its Bakuna Bus and Bakuna Buses and led the COVID-19 testing through establishing the Mandaue City molecular laboratory.
As part of PRC’s humanitarian response in providing relief to the affected families, PRC also provided 8,671 houses in the province of Cebu.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon announced that he will not be able to attend the relief distribution scheduled for January 6, 2022, at Ubay, Bohol because of safety measures as the pilot tested positive for COVID-19 before departure. Last January 02, 2022, Chairman Gordon was not able to attend the cash distribution due to the inclement weather in the province.
Despite this, Gordon directed the PRC staff to push the relief distribution so that 315 of the most vulnerable families in the area can be given much-needed relief. Chairman Gordon and Bohol Governor Arthur Yap attended the event virtually. Each family received two tarpaulins and shelter tool kits to provide temporary shelters and help them recover from the damage brought by Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai).
“Gustong gusto ko pumunta sa Bohol upang makita ko ng personal at maassess ang iba pang pangangailangan ng mga naapektuhan upang matulungan sila makatayo sa sariling mga paa. Hindi na bago sa akin ang mga bagyo dahil sa 53 years ko bilang volunteer ay marami na akong disaster na nadaanan at kaya dinamihan natin ang kagamitan sa Red Cross para mabilis ang ating response. Sa pag hagupit ng bagyong Odette, agad natin ibinuhay ang mga lifeline sa lugar kagaya ng Clearing Operations sa daan, Pagtatayo ng VSAT upang ma restore ang communication, pagbibigay ng libreng hotmeals at malinis na tubig,” Chairman Gordon said.
The entire event was posted on Facebook Live through the PRC’s official FB page. The live broadcast was made possible through the use of the a very-small-aperture terminal or VSAT, a two-way satellite ground station with a dish antenna. Gordon personally directed the PRC team to bring a VSAT to Ubay to establish lifeline communications in the area. Ubay was the ground zero of super typhoon Odette in the Province of Bohol.
According to Chairman Gordon, three water tankers are deployed in the province of Bohol to provide clean and potable water as water is one of the most necessity that the province needs. “Bago natin ilagay sa water tanker ay nililinis muna natin sa ating water filtration unit upang masigurado na ang tubig ay ligtas para sa mga residente ng Bohol,” Gordon added.
Gordon also said that PRC to conduct vaccination and testing in the area due to the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country. The Department of Health reported 10,775 new confirmed cases in the country.
“Hindi ko kayo papabayaan,” Gordon assured the public as Red Cross continues relief operations to Typhoon Odette-hit areas nationwide is still ongoing. “All out ang Red Cross sa buong bansa at naka-deploy ang aming kagamitan to alleviate human suffering and uplift the dignity of the people,” Gordon said.