Days after Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae) exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the trail of massive flooding, rain-induced landslides, and displacement it left across vast areas of the country has affected over two million individuals or 510, 222 families. STS Paeng caused damage to livelihood and disrupted food and water supplies. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has been sending its fleet of food trucks to vulnerable communities in hard-hit areas to alleviate hunger and reduce the food security concerns of affected families.
“The nutrition of people in areas hardest hit by Paeng could be affected because the access to food and safe water in typhoon-affected towns and cities is usually disrupted. We at Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will continue boosting our efforts to address the nutrition needs of our kababayans in vulnerable situations,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon.
As of 04 November, PRC has served hot meals to 28,029 individuals in cities and towns affected by STS Paeng: Maguindanao, Zamboanga, Tawi-Tawi, Aklan, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, IloIlo, Northern Samar, Antique, Cebu, Masbate, Romblon, Palawan, Bataan, Cagayan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Batangas, Catanduanes, Laguna, Zambales, Aurora, Pangasinan, Kalinga, Quezon, Nueva Viscaya, Marinduque, Isabela, Bulacan, Manila, Marikina, Rizal, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, and Pasig-Pateros. PRC also distributed 2,499 bottled water in Cagayan.
Meanwhile, Gardenia Bakeries, a long-time food donor of PRC, donated bread loaves — these were distributed to 1, 455 affected families in Laguna and Pampanga. During his first term as a senator in 2009, Chairman Gordon authored the Republic Act No. 9803 (RA9803) or the Food Donation Act of 2009, which aims to address the country’s growing hunger problem and bring dignity back to the most vulnerable simultaneously.
Since 28 October, PRC has positioned relief assets and equipment, such as payloaders, water tankers, and food trucks to Paeng-affected communities. PRC staff and volunteers are monitoring the affected families’ further needs for food, safe water, clothing, shelter, hygiene, sanitation, and medical and psychosocial care.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon ordered the deployment of the Bakuna Bus to San Nicolas, Batangas, and will vaccinate 800 individuals on November 10, 2021.
PRC Batangas chapter aims to inoculate Batangueños through the Resbakuna Vaccination Programs and continue to move forward and further assist our Local Government Unit in the vaccine rollout. The vaccination teams are all deployed with physicians, nurses, ambulance personnel, staff, and volunteers.
“Tuloy tuloy ang ating pagbabakuna sa Batangas. Katuwang ng local government unit ay mas mapapabilis natin ang ating pagbabakuna at mararating ang malalayong lugar sa pmamagitan ng Bakuna Bus. Kapag lider at ang tao ang nagsama, lalabas ang galing ng Pilipino,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC Batangas Chapter also conducted a mass blood donation drive (MBD) at the Municipality of Calatagan, Batangas, last November 9, 2021. A total of 36,450ml of the collected healthy blood from our 81 donors are collected and will provide opportunities for the Red Cross to save more lives. Sen. Gordon also encourages the unvaccinated to get their vaccines as this is the best defense against COVID-19. PRC continues to vaccinate more individuals as the holiday season approaches.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC), through its Bakuna Bus and Bakuna Center, vaccinated 868 individuals belonging to the A1- A4 category in Batangas before the start of the holidays last October 27-29, 2021.
PRC, led by its Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, continues to find ways to make vaccines available to the most vulnerable in far-flung areas. With the help of the local government unit, PRC sent out its Bakuna Bus to reach the municipality of San Luis and Padre Garcia, vaccinating 552 individuals.
“Kailangan tuloy tuloy pa rin ang ating pagbabakuna lalo na malapit na ang pasko. Hindi natin ineencourage na mag social gathering, ngunit ang dapat natin gawin ay magpabakuna at continues pa rin ang testing upang masiguradong ligtas an gating pamilya at mga mhal sa buhay,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC encourages everyone to get vaccinated to keep you safe from COVID-19. Meanwhile, PRC remains at full force in its vaccination program, has vaccinated more than 350,000 individuals through its Bakuna Centers and Bakuna Buses, catering to the most vulnerable in this time of the pandemic.