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Philippine Red Cross constructs latrines for Mayon-displaced families

As the number of individuals displaced by Mayon’s looming eruption rises, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide humanitarian assistance, such as the construction of latrines in evacuation centers, to ensure the safety and well-being of affected families.

The PRC has begun the construction of 10 latrines in various evacuation centers in the municipalities of Guinobatan and Malilipot to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation amid the ongoing unrest of Mayon volcano, which remains placed under Alert Level 4.

“As displaced individuals flock to evacuation centers, lack of sanitation facilities becomes a problem that could lead to health and hygiene concerns. Thus, these latrines will not only ensure the safety and health of evacuees. It also becomes a tool for the PRC to uplift their dignity,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.

The PRC is also planning to set up more latrines in Gabawan Elementary School and Comun Elementary School.

As of January 29, Mayon’s seismic activities has displaced 82,400 individuals, who are now sheltered in 79 evacuation centers.

Meanwhile, the PRC continues to aid the evacuees through various interventions such as the establishment of access to safe and clean water.  

So far, the PRC has distributed 240,000 liters of clean water and installed 5,000-liter bladders in San Jose Elementary School, Malilipot Elementary School and Upper Malabog Elementary School, as well as 10,000-liter bladders in Bantayan National High School in Tabaco City and Bical Elementary School in Santo Domingo. A total of 3,230 individuals underwent hygiene promotion activities.

The PRC also provided hygiene kits, sleeping kits, and jerry cans to 523 families, as well as tarpaulin mats to 551 families. 

To safeguard individuals from the threats of volcanic ash and other hazardous emissions of Mayon, the PRC has distributed some 8,000 face masks, 2,000 dust masks, and 120 N95 masks. Three patients who experienced hypertension, vomiting, and abdominal pain were transported to Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital.

A total of 1,017 people have been served with hot meals, while 7,955 evacuees received psychosocial support.

The PRC’s Operations Center has been continuously monitoring the situation of affected communities since Mayon volcano exhibited unrest. 

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, especially to the most vulnerable.

Aside from disaster management, PRC’s services include health, welfare, blood, volunteer services, and Red Cross youth.