The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) distributed multi-purpose cash grants to 133 families whose houses were destroyed by a massive fire on January 29, 2019 in SitioDepensa, Barangay Capunitan in Orion,Bataan.
True to its aphorism, “when the world no longer watches, we do what must be done,” the PRC returned to the fishing village that was razed to the ground almost eight months ago to give cash grants to the affected families. The cash distribution was held at St. Michael Archangel Parish in Orion, Bataan on September 10, 2019.
“We never left. We will be here until they recover. PRC has been with these families from the very beginning. Hot meals were served to 1,000 evacuees, basic household items were distributed to 350 families and psychosocial support and hygiene promotion were also provided to 300 individuals, right after the incident. Currently, P3,000 is allotted for each of the 133 families to support for their basic needs. These families are still in the evacuation center months after that tragic incident”, said Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon.The cash allocation was made possible in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
The event was organized by the Disaster and Management Services (DMS) headed by its Director Leonardo Ebajo in cooperation with the PRC- Bataan Chapter volunteers and staff.
AID POURED in for 1,217 families in Camarines Sur and Albay as the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided multipurpose cash grants to help them recover from the aftermath of Tropical Depression Usman, which ravaged the southern part of the country in December 2018.
On March 19, PRC, in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, distributed P3,500 each to 917 families from Brgy. San Miguel and Brgy. Ombao Polpog in the Municipality of Bula, Camarines Sur.
This was followed by the distribution of cash grants to 300 most affected families Brgy. Maynonong, Brgy. Naga, and Brgy. Sugod from the Municipality of Tiwi, Albay on March 20.
Chairman Richard Gordon said the cash grant empowers the beneficiaries to start anew following the devastation of Usman.
“The Red Cross never forgets. It’s been three months since Usman displaced thousands and we are still here to assure people that they will never walk alone. We are here to give them options,” Gordon said.
The distribution of multipurpose cash grant allows families to prioritize their immediate needs to recover from the impact of the disaster.
Data from the PRC Operations Center shows that Usman damaged over 5,000 houses in Camarines Sur and Albay. Landslides and flooding also resulted in agricultural and livelihood losses.
PRC first dispatched a “humanitarian caravan” composed of water tankers and rescue trucks during the height of Usman.
Staff and volunteers also spent the New Year providing search and rescue, relief, water, and welfare assistance to affected communities in Camarines Sur and Albay.