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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) formally received the P5-million donation from the Philippine National Bank (PNB) for the purchase of two (2) ambulance units. The corresponding Memorandum of Agreement was signed by both parties on October 24, 2019 at The Peninsula Manila in Makati.

PNB also pledged P2.9 Million for Basic First Aid and Life Support and Disaster Preparedness Training for PNB employees.

The MOA signing led by PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon and PNB President Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso took place during the 16th South East Asia Red Cross and Red Crescent Leadership Meeting.

“The Red Cross of the Philippines thrives because of people like PNB President Wick and the PNB. Without them, we have no definite resources”, said Chairman Gordon.

The PNB is the latest addition to a roster of socially responsible companies who see the value of the premier humanitarian organization in the country.

The new partnership was made possible by the efforts of PRC Governor Saeed Daof and support of PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

Initially, 3,000 PNB employees in the head office will participate in the Basic First Aid and Disaster Preparedness Training Program.

From January to October of this year alone, the PRC served to 54, 146 patients through its ambulance services.

Present at the ceremony were PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon, Governor and Co-Chairman Disaster Management and Safety Services Saeed A. Daof, PRC Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla, PRC Governors Corazon Alma De Leon and Jorge Lim, PNB President Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso, PNB VP Roderick Soriano, PNB Chairman Florencia Tarriela, PNB Vice Chairman Felix Enrico Alfiler, and PNB Directors Edgar Cua, Florido Casuela, Leonilo Coronel, Simeon Yap, and Federico Pascual.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) received a P5 million humanitarian contribution from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to support the PRC’s ambulance services.

During the turnover ceremony, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon expressed his gratitude to BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno for helping the Red Cross in saving more individuals in times of emergencies.

“Thank you for always trusting the Philippine Red Cross. We always make sure that the money and donations we humbly receive will reach the most vulnerable,” Gordon said.

The humanitarian contribution is primarily for operational expenses of the Red Cross’ ambulance services, which provides free transport for individuals affected by disasters and emergencies.

This year alone, PRC has catered to 46,173 individuals through its ambulance service program.

For 14 years, PRC and BSP have been collaborating to address the pressing needs of the most vulnerable communities.

In 2018, BSP, under the leadership of then-governor Nestor Espenilla Jr., contributed P2 million for the Red Cross’ Blood Samaritan Program, a program that shoulders the blood processing fee of qualified indigent patients.

PRC and BSP also hold joint mass blood donation annually.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) brought aid to a total of 12,766 individuals during the National and Local Elections, including those who needed to be transported due to fainting and suspected stroke.

PRC set up 310 first aid stations and 158 welfare desks, which helped ensure the safety and well-being of thousands of Filipino voters.

“To vote is one of the duties of each and every Filipino. To serve the people is the duty of the Philippine Red Cross staff and volunteers. As our fellow Filipinos were busy casting their votes, PRC staff and volunteers were also very much occupied attending to the needs of our fellowmen. Our staff and volunteers have intense compassion to the most vulnerable,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

A total of 2,000 staff and volunteers were deployed, while 150 ambulances were mobilized and put on standby.

Throughout the day, PRC provided blood pressure monitoring to 12,535 persons to ensure their well-being following the long queues at voting precincts.

Staff and volunteers provided first aid to 132 patients who experienced minor cases, such as dizziness, abrasion, open wound, fever, cramps, burns, hyperventilation and body weakness.

A total of 19 persons were treated for breathing difficulties, seizure, numbness, and blurred vision, while nine patients were transported to hospitals for additional medical care.

PRC also setup welfare desks, which provided psychosocial support and referral service to 65 people and provided wheelchair assistance to six voters.

In San Juan, a PRC volunteer carries a 96-year-old voter up to the third floor in San Juan Elementary School.

In Baguio, in a non-election related incident, PRC together with Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) rescued and provided first aid treatment to a patient who suffered chemical inhalation and suffocation while painting a water tank. He was then transported to the nearest hospital for further medical attention.

The Philippine Red Cross is noted for excellence in giving first aid treatment and providing blood. It is equally noted for excellence in disaster relief, psychosocial and other humanitarian services. It is the foremost humanitarian organization in the country. All this is in keeping with its mantra: Volunteers + logistics + information technology = always first, always ready, always there.

Summary of Assistance:     

Total patients catered: 2019: 12,766 persons

Total patients catered: 2016:  11,817 persons

Breakdown as follows: Blood pressure monitoring –12,535 persons Transported to medical facilities – 9 persons (fainting, suspected stroke, stomach pain) Major case- 19 persons (elevated blood pressure, difficulty of breathing, seizure, numbness, blurred vision)

Minor case- 132 persons (dizziness, abrasion, open wound, fever, cramps, burns, hyperventilation, body weakness) Welfare- 71 persons (55 Psychosocial support, 10 referral, 6 wheelchair assistance)

Assets deployed:

150 ambulances

158 welfare desks

310 first aid stations

42 emergency vehicles

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will mobilize 150 ambulances and 2000 staff and volunteers all over the country for the 2019 National and local midterm elections in pursuit of its objective to safeguard its countrymen.

“We want to make sure that each and every citizen of the Philippines is safe and sound while exercising their right to vote. To secure their well-being, we will put up first aid stations, welfare desks, emergency vehicles and mobile units (roving teams) in schools and local chapters duty during the election day. In PRC our mantra is volunteers + logistics + information technology = always first, always ready, always there. PRC is committed in providing services for the interest of mankind,” said Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman and CEO of PRC.

The Philippine Red Cross will set up 310 first aid stations and 158 welfare desks, will deploy and standby 150 ambulances and 42 emergency vehicles in strategic areas.

PRC assisted more than 11,000 people during the 2016 National Election.

Philippine Red Cross stands as a “voluntary, independent and autonomous non-governmental society auxiliary to the authorities of the Republic of the Philippines in the humanitarian field.”

Since its founding 72 years ago, PRC has been serving humanity. The organization provides services in the areas of disaster management, blood collection and dispensing, welfare, safety, health and hygiene. It also maintains a corps of volunteers and trained youth.

For emergency and any untoward incidents, contact our 24/7 Operations Center. Dial 143 or 790-23-00 for assistance.

Philippine Red Cross

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.

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