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.
Following the 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit Abra and contiguous provinces October 25 at 11:59 pm, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon called on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and local governments to assess all buildings for possible damages.
“I would like to suggest to DPWH and the local governments that they check all the buildings, since they might cave in if their foundation was affected, to ensure that people will be safe.”
Gordon gave assurance that the foremost humanitarian organization in the country is ready to respond to people affected by the earthquake. PRC volunteers and staff are on the ground assessing the needs in coordination with local governments. He added that PRC is fine-tuning its volunteer system in the barangays so that cogent reports are transmitted to the PRC Operations Center right after the impact of any hazard event, to enable PRC to provide humanitarian assistance “just in time, on time, all the time.”
No casualties have been reported by the PRC chapters in Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Cagayan, and Isabela as a result of the earthquake on October 25.
For emergencies, people may call Red Cross Hotline 143, or (02) 8790-2300.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continued its Bakuna Bus deployment and vaccinated 329 individuals in Cagayan and Mandaue City last November 06, 2021.
PRC Bakuna Bus vaccinated 23 individuals in Tuguegarao, Cagayan and 306 individuals in Bry. Cabancalan, Mandaue City received their first dose of vaccine.
“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating deployment ng Bakuna Buses upag mas marami ang mabakunahan. kaht na bumababa ang bagong kaso ng COVID-19, tayo ay dapat paring mag-ingat dahil delikado parin ang epekto ng virus lalo na sa mga di pa nababakunahan,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC also started to vaccinate minors after getting a go signal from the Department of Health. PRC Vaccinated more than 50 minors aged 12-17 years old. PRC will continue to vaccinate and serve the most vulnerable in this time of the pandemic.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deploys its Bakuna Buses in Cagayan, Aklan, Capiz, and Lucena on November 05, 2021, and targets to inoculate 1,065 individuals belonging to the A3-A4 categories.
The Bakuna Bus, operated by PRC staff and volunteers, reached the province of Bouquet, Cagayan to vaccinate 180 individuals, Manika, Aklan vaccinating 100 individuals, 200 individuals in BJMP, Los Banos, Laguna, 250 individuals at Ponteverde, Capiz, and 335 individuals in Dupa, Quezon-Lucena.
“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating pagbabakuna sa ating kababayan. Ang ating mga bakuna Bus ay naka-deploy sa iba’t ibang sulok ng ating bansa upang mapabilis ang ating pagbabakuna, sa tulong ng mga local government unit,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC continues to deploy its bakuna buses to vaccinate more people in the coming weeks to ensure the safety of the individuals, despite the lowering of cases.
Chairman Gordon strongly reiterates the importance of vaccination and continuous testing to prevent COVID-19. According to Sen. Gordon, “This is not the time to be complacent and keep our guard up as COVID-19 can still be easily transmitted to unvaccinated individuals.”
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provides assistance to the Cagayan province after being hit by severe tropical storm Maring (Kompasu) leaving PHP 46,000,000 in damages.
PRC Cagayan chapter will conduct psychological first aid to children and other nulnerable individuals in Brgy. Tabbac, Buguey, Cagayan. In addition, the chapter will also distribute ready-to-eat meals and face masks to 300 individuals.
“Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang assistance ng Philippine Red Cross sa iba’t ibang sulok ng bansa na apektado ng TS Maring. We are always first, always ready, and always there where help is needed,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
Red continues its humanitarian interventions in the province through Bakuna Bus vaccination, Hot Meals distribution, and Isolation facility to serve asymptomatic patients to help stop the spread of the virus.
THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is set to revisit the municipality of Baggao in Cagayan Province to grant agricultural and livelihood assistance to 493 families affected by the destruction brought by Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).
PRC will return to Cagayan on June 14 to lead the distribution of up to P10,000 household livelihood assistance to 436 families and P15,000 household agricultural assistance to 57 families from Baggao, where Mangkhut made landfall in September 2018.
“We continue to live by our motto—when the world no longer watches, we do what must be done. The Red Cross does not settle for providing the needs of the people. We aim to transform lives. This is why we want to enable them to start anew,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
Cagayan Province is the worst hit by Typhoon Ompong. Data from the PRC Operations Center show 132,074 houses were fully or partially damaged—with over 15,912 individuals displaced during the onslaught of the typhoon.
The province also suffered at least P4.4 billion in agricultural damages as 100 percent of corn crops and 64 percent of rice products were lost.
“When we visited Baggao last year, we witnessed how devastated the people were. We saw houses with blown roofs and damaged crops. This motivated us to continue working on the situation,” he added.
In partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the recovery program targets farmers with less than one hectare of cultivable land, as well as farm laborers and households who belong under the social vulnerability criteria.
For the first installment of the program, PRC will provide P6,000 to livelihood grantees and P8,000 for the agricultural beneficiaries. The full amount will be given once the monitoring is completed.
Last September, Gordon led the distribution of CGI sheets and shelter toolkits to 393 households from Baggao and basic household items to 355 families from Gattaran.
Since then, PRC has provided as much as P15,000-livelihood assistance to 893 families in Cagayan and as much as P54,000 cash assistance to 181 families whose houses were fully damaged.