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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 ang ating pamilya at mga mahal 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.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) vaccinated 919 individuals last October 23, 2021 through its bakuna centers nationwide.

PRC inoculated 407 individuals at the General Santos Mega vaccination site – veranza, 230 individuals in Camarines Sur, and 282 individuals at the Ever Gotesco mall in Quezon City. The vaccination is in coordination with the local government unit, only the PRC provided the manpower to operate.

“hindi pa tapos ang laban natin kontra COVID-19. Inaanyayahan ko ang lahat na magpabakuna dahil ito ang pinaka mabisang panlaban kontra sa virus. Libre lang ang magpabakuna at maililigtas natin hindi lamang ang ating sarili, pati na rin ang mahal natin sa buhay, ” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.

Despite the lowering of cases compared to last month’s new cases, Sen. Dick Gordon emphasized that it should not be a reason to lower your guard as this virus can easily spread and affect the people around you.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Covid-19 response started with the vision of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, who saw testing as a way to “drain the swamp.” 

The country had to rely heavily on the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) government-run organization that could muster up the resources to deliver 300 tests a day. Thus, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), knowing the PRC’s capabilities and capacity, approached the institution to see if they could take up the slack.

Sen. Dick Gordon, heeded the call to provide access to the Filipino people as he envisioned fighting the invisible enemy by testing as many people as quickly as possible. Therefore, identifying and isolating those who contacted COVID-19. From then on, PRC established its first molecular laboratory that could test 2,000 individuals per day. 

To date, PRC has 14 molecular laboratories, positioned in key-strategic areas nationwide, capable of testing more than 48,000 tests per day.

But Chairman Gordon did not stop in finding more ways to beat this invisible enemy. PRC continues to search for a more affordable, faster, and non-invasive method of testing. The research led PRC to introduce the country’s first and only saliva RT-PCR test, which only costs PHP 2,000. The saliva test also uses reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), which according to the World Health Organization, is considered the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.

PRC, at that time, is offering the cheapest swab RT-PCR test priced at PHP 4,000, further lowering it to 3,800, lower than the PHP 4,500-PHP 5,000 price range set by the Department of Health and Department of Trade and Industry for RT-PCR testing for private laboratories.  

To make it more affordable to the public, PRC lowers its testing fees for the second time, pricing it from PHP 3,800 to PHP 2,800 for swab RT-PCR and from PHP 2,000 – PHP 1,500 for saliva RT-PCR test.

More than testing, PRC also established different Isolation Facilities in UP, Ateneo, De La Salle College-Benilde, Makati Science Highschool, Adamson University, and Cagayan to cater to asymptomatic spreaders and prevent household transmission.

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 last April 2021, PRC Chairman Gordon was alarmed by the news of people dying outside the hospital while waiting to be admitted. Without hesitation, Chairman Gordon immediately deployed a 100-bed capacity Emergency Field Hospital at the Lung Center of the Philippines to serve mild-moderate cases. This initiative was followed by deploying Medical tents at the National Kidney Transplant Institute and assisted 30 more hospitals nationwide. To date, PRC medical tents have catered to more than 34,810 individuals since the start of the pandemic.

PRC also assisted communities through various cash distributions nationwide, the deployment of Hot Meals on Wheels, and other activities to combat COVID-19. 

PRC continues to be at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic through various initiatives by the humanitarian organization, together with our partner national societies, staff, volunteers, and through the leadership of Sen. Dick Gordon.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Rizal Chapter is full force in handling COVID-19 response. The chapter is one of the biggest chapters of PRC which operates in the areas of Rizal, Mandaluyong, Makati, Muntinlupa, Pasig-Pateros, Taguig, Paranaque, San Juan, and Las Pinas.

PRC Rizal chapter established various initiatives under the leadership of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon in handling the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the jurisdiction of Rizal chapter.

“Tuloy tuloy ang ating pagtulong sa mga most vulnerable groups under the Rizal chapter. Ang goal natin sa Red Cross ay mabigyan tulong ang mga taong nasasakupan nito, upang makapagbigay pag-asa sa ating mamamayan. We need to act fast to defeat this invisible enemy. Together we can win our war against COVID-19,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon.

PRC Rizal chapter established a Bakuna Center in Arcovia Pasig in partnership with Pasig local government unit and Megaworld Corporation and San Lorenzo Mall Makati Bakuna Center. These bakuna centers vaccinated 21, 076 and 29, 389 respectively.

Aside from the Bakuna Centers, PRC Rizal chapter also rolled out its Bakuna Busses to Antipolo, Tanay, Cardona, and Taytay, and have vaccinated over 3,400 individuals.

The Bakuna Bus will be deployed inSan Juan City to support LHU in vaccination centers and Paranaque City to vaccinate 24 senior citizen sisters from the daughters of charity.

The chapter also deployed food trucks to Rizal province, Muntinlupa, Taguig and Paranaque, where the PRC provided ready-to-eat meals to 3,000 residents.

More than COVID-19 response, PRC Rizal chapter continues to provide other humanitarian services like psychosocial support to Pasig LGU frontliners weekly, provision of portable hand washing units in public spaces, provision of cleaning kits in health/quarantine center, and promoting hygiene activities to individuals under PRC RIzal chapter.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Cebu Chapter finalized its partnership with ANGKAS and will launch a home service saliva RT-PCR test soon. 

PRC Cebu chapter, through the directives of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, brings Angkas to Cebu, the first and largest app-based professional motorcycle taxi service in the country, to conduct home service saliva collection for the PRC saliva RT-PCR test.

“We must not stop the intensification of COVID-19 Testing thru RT-PCR to Win Our War against the pandemic. Testing is important because through testing we will be able to determine and isolate COVID-19 positive individuals and prevent transmission in our households,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

Chairman Dick Gordon also reiterated that this partnership will provide riders a source of income during the pandemic because riders are one of the most affected groups whose livelihood was deeply affected during the imposition of lockdown.

Angkas riders will be given the same training and will be certified as Saliva Specimen Collector. The training included proper handling and dispatch, apart from the collection. The partnership with Angkas will address the many requests of home service while PRC provides them livelihood. 

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will close down its isolation facility in Adamson University after a month of operation to serve 46 COVID-19 positive patients from Hospicio de San Jose since it started last, August 29, 2021.

PRC opens Adamson University Isolation Facility, through the directive of Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon to convert the Adamson University dormitory into an isolation facility. Hospicio de San Jose Administrator Sr. Maria Socorro Evidente DC requested help from the humanitarian organization, and Chairman Gordon without hesitation mobilized its staff and volunteers to immediately open the isolation facility a day after the request.

“Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at sa Adamson University sa pakikipagtulungan sa Red Cross upang gawing isolation facility ang dormitoryo sa Adamson. With our partnership, we are able to cater COVID-19 positive patients from Hospicio de San Jose, providing aid in times of emergencies,”

To date, PRC has served more than 3,650 individuals since the establishment of PRC isolation facilities last April 17, 2021. PRC continues to alleviate human suffering and uplifts the dignity of the people by providing isolation facilities to asymptomatic patients to prevent COVID-19 transmission in multi-general households.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) vaccinated 204 individuals at the Bulacan State University (BSU) last September 21, 2021. This event is under the directives of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon to vaccinate BSU employees with Moderna for free, in response to the request of the Bulacan Red Cross Youth advisers and BSU to conduct vaccination for its employees.

PRC Bulacan Chapter, under the leadership of Chapter Administrator Ricardo Villacorte also partners with the local government unit of Malolos local health unit to conduct a vaccination program every Thursday at the BSU Gymnasium.

“Mahalagang mabigyan agad ng agarang aksyon ang pagbabakuna sa ating mga guro para sila ay maging ligtas kontra COVID-19. Sa pamamagitan ng pagbabakuna at regular testing ay mapapabilis na natin ang pagbubukas ng mga eskwelahan at makakapasok na sa kani kanilang trabaho, at mas mabilis mabubuksan ang ating ekonomiya,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

PRC Bulacan chapter also continues its saliva testing in its two locations at Robinsons Malolos and the chapter premises every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 AM – 2 PM. The chapter also records the highest production of saliva collection in the entire Region III, having tested 7,993 specimens since it started its Saliva RT-PCR testing last February 2021.

PRC Bulacan Chapter continues blood donation drive through a partnership with Jollibee despite the ongoing pandemic to provide safe and quality blood. 

PRC Bulacan Chapter also conducts fund-generating activities to support its goal to establish a PRC Blood Center in San Jose del Monte to serve the entire Region III in need of blood.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided cash assistance to families greatly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The declaration of the nationwide lockdown caused many people to lose their jobs, especially those with daily wage jobs.

The cash distribution is in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), American Red Cross, and Netherlands Red Cross. PRC has distributed a total of PHP 81,074,000 to 45 municipalities and 21,791 barangays providing aid to 23,164 families, receiving PHP 3,500 each.

“Ang cash assistance na ibinabahagi ng Red Cross ay hindi bigay, dahil ayaw ko sa salitang bigay. Etong cash assistance na ito ay tulong upang sila ay magkaroon ng dignidad at makatayo sa kanilang mga paa. Maliit lamang na halaga, ngunit malaking tulong ito sa mga taong nawalan ng trabaho ngayong pandemya,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.

PRC continues to aid the most vulnerable in this time of the pandemic, truly abiding by its mantra to be always first, always ready, and always there, where help is needed.

Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Covid-19 response started with the vision of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, who saw testing as a way to “drain the swamp.” 

The country had to rely heavily on the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and a handful of other laboratories that only test 300 samples per day. 

Sen. Dick Gordon envisioned fighting the invisible enemy by testing as many people as quickly as possible, thereby identifying and isolating those who contacted COVID-19. From then on, PRC established its first molecular laboratory that could test 2,000 individuals per day. 

PRC has 14 molecular laboratories, positioned in key-strategic areas nationwide, capable of testing more than 48,000 tests per day.

But Chairman Gordon did not stop in finding more ways to beat this invisible enemy. PRC continues to search for a more affordable, faster, and non-invasive method of testing. The research led PRC to introduce the country’s first and only saliva RT-PCR test, which only costs PHP 2,000. The saliva test also uses reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, which according to the World Health Organization, and is considered to be the gold standard for COVID-19 testing.

PRC, at that time, is offering the cheapest swab RT-PCR test priced at PHP 4,000, further lowering it to 3,800, lower than the PHP 4,500-PHP 5,000 price range set by the Department of Health and Department of Trade and Industry for RT-PCR testing for private laboratories. 

To date, PRC lowers its testing fees for the second time, pricing it from PHP 3,800 to PHP 2,800 for swab RT-PCR and from PHP 2,000 – PHP 1,500 for saliva RT-PCR test, making RT-PCR tests affordable to the public.

More than testing, PRC also established different Isolation Facilities in UP, Ateneo, De La Salle College-Benilde, Makati Science Highschool, Adamson University, and Cagayan to cater to asymptomatic spreaders, and prevent household transmission.

Due to the rising cases of COVID-19 last April 2021, PRC Chairman Gordon was alarmed by the news of people dying outside the hospital, while waiting to be admitted. Without hesitation, Chairman Gordon immediately deployed a 100-bed capacity Emergency Field Hospital at the Lung Center of the Philippines to serve mild-moderate cases. This was followed by the deployment of Medical tents at the National Kidney Transplant Institute and assisted 30 more hospitals nationwide. To date, PRC medical tents have catered to more than 34,810 individuals since the start of the pandemic.

PRC also assisted communities through various cash distributions nationwide, deployment of Hot Meals on Wheels, and other activities of PRC to battle COVID-19.

PRC continues to be at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic through various initiatives by the humanitarian organization, together with our partner national societies, staff, and volunteers, through the leadership of Sen. Dick Gordon.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) opened its 14th PRC molecular laboratory in Cotabato City to further boost PRC testing capacity for COVID-19 on September 18, 2021.

The molecular laboratory is equipped with two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines and one ribonucleic acid (RNA) extractor, which can process up to 2,000 tests a day. The new molecular laboratory is in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and will serve Maguindanao, North Cotabato, South Cotabato and even Davao City.

PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, PRC Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla, PRC Cotabato Chairwoman Bai Fatima P. Sinsuat, Mayor Frances Cynthia J. Guiani-Sayadi and other executives from the Red Cross and local government unit of Cotabato attended the virtual inauguration of the newly built molecular laboratory.

“I would like to thank the International Committee of the Red Cross for this partnership in defeating COVID-19. Sa ngayon ay 200 test per day lamang ang capacity ng Cotabato Regional and Medical Center at sa pamamagitan ng bagong Molecular Laboratory this will further hasten our COVID-19 response and can test up to 2,000 tests per day,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

Chairman Gordon also emphasized the importance of regular testing to beat this invisible enemy. PRC recently lowered its RT-PCR testing fees for swab and saliva test from 3,800-2,800 and 2,000-1,500 respectively.

PRC also is ramping up vaccination efforts nationwide to get more people vaccinated as soon as possible through the Bakuna centers and PRC bakuna busses having inoculated over 217,808 individuals.

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