Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon personally visited students of Guinobatan West Central School where the temporary classrooms are built, and led the relief and hot meals distribution to affected evacuees in Albay.
“Since most of the classes were disrupted as classrooms served as evacuation centers for the displaced families, PRC ensures that the students in Albay will not be deprived of education. We provided them learning spaces, which are safe and conducive for learning,” Gordon said.
Gordon together with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Head of Delegation Chris Staines led the distribution of relief goods and hot meals distribution to Guinobatan West Central School in the Municipality of Guinobatan.
The evacuees received hot meals, bread, and basic household items such as sleeping kits with blanket, mosquito nets and mats, hygiene kits, jerry can containers, and tarpaulins.
After the distribution, Chairman Gordon went to the tents,which served as temporary classrooms for students of Guinobatan. The temporary classrooms with an area of 56 square meters were donated by the Turkish Red Crescent Society to the PRC.
As part of PRC’s disaster operations in Albay to address health and sanitation concerns in different evacuation centers, PRC also constructed five toilets in the municipalities of Guinobatanand Malilipot. Six portalets were also set up. The PRC is also planning to set up more toilets in Gabawan Elementary School and Comun Elementary School.
Also present during the visit are Albay Governor Al Bichara, Congressman Joey Salceda, and other school and local government members.
To date, the PRC distributed 7,728 face masks to affected individuals, and conducted hygiene promotion to 5,910 individuals in various evacuation centers. A total of 550,000 liters of water were also distributed to provide people access to clean and safe and water. Psychosocial support was also provided to 12,747 individuals.
The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103 chapters with two million volunteers nationwide that is always first, always ready, and always there to provide round-the- clock humanitarian assistance.
PRC services include disaster management, health, welfare, blood, volunteer service, and Red Cross youth.