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.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon had the vision to implement PRC’s vaccination program nationwide in partnership with the different local government units (LGU) and provide access to the vaccination for the most vulnerable.
In line with Sen. Dick Gordon’s vision to hasten the vaccination and beat COVID-19, Chairman Gordon mobilized PRC Iligan City Chapter to open a Bakuna Center at the La Salle Academy Gymnasium and inoculate 1,300 individuals per day.
“We are at war against COVID-19, isa sa ating plano sa Red Cross ay magbigay ng bakuna sa mga nangangailangan. Mas maraming mababakunahan, mas mabilis natin matatalo ang COVID-19, dahil sa tumataas na kaso ng COVID-19, Inaanyayahan ko ang lahat na magpabakuna dahil ito ay ang pinakamabisang paraan upang maiwasan ang severe na kaso,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC Iligan City Chapter provides volunteer doctors to man the bakuna center and shoulders all operating expenses. PRC is also the first to open a Bakuna center in Mindanao.
Apart from the Bakuna Centers, PRC Iligan Chapter has been very active in assisting the LGU’s covid-19 response.
Due to the rising cases of COVID-19, with 1k active cases reported, PRC Iligan City Chapter augments two medical tents stationed at the Gregorio T. Lluch Memorial Hospital. The medical tent is a 16-bed capacity serving as a triage for the isolation facility of the hospital.
To date, PRC has vaccinated 211,408 individuals in their 16 Bakuna Buses and 20 PRC Bakuna Centers nationwide and will continue to operate and vaccinate more people until everyone is vaccinated.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is at the forefront in battling COVID-19 through the implementation of the different initiatives at the start of the pandemic, which aims to alleviate human suffering and uplifts the dignity of the people.
PRC staff and volunteers continue to man and operate COVID-19 responses such as Emergency Field Hospital, Medical tents, RT-PCR testing in different molecular laboratories, food trucks, cash assistance, and other programs to help the most vulnerable in this time of the pandemic.
Last September 11, 2021, the Department of Health recorded 26,303 new confirmed cases, the highest one-day tally since the pandemic started.
“Kami sa Philippine Red Cross kasama ang iba’t ibang staff and volunteers ay walang pagod na nilalabanan ang COVID-19. Patuloy ang ating pagtetest at binabaan na natin ang presyo upang makatulong sa ating kababayan, patuloy rin ang pagbabakuna sa ating 16 bakuna bus at 20 bakuna centers upang dumami ang mabakunahan, ang ating mga food trucks ay patuloy ding nag-iikot sa mga bayan na lubos na naapektuhan ng pandemya,” Chairman Gordon said.
PRC has conducted 4,199,910 in its 13 molecular laboratories, served 3,253 patients in the different isolation facilities, catered 34,660 in the emergency field hospitals and medical tents, and provided 80,811 through its hot meals on wheels.
PRC continues to augment additional facilities to hasten our COVID-19 operations and serve more people.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) started to roll out its bakuna bus last September 06, 2021, in Isabela province, a total of 800 individuals were vaccinated and received their first dose, which was made possible through the PRC mobile vaccine.
PRC Bakuna Bus was initiated by PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon and conducted its first deployment during the vaccination of children against polio, measles-rubella. In this time of the pandemic, Sen. Gordon again initiated to convert buses from Victory Liner, Ube Express, and Ceres bus to a mobile vaccination clinic to inoculate more people in far-flung areas.
Sen. Gordon quickly mobilized the PRC Isabela chapter to spearhead the vaccination initiative in Isabela, having administered 478 doses in Tumauini Community Center, 186 in Lanna Community Center, and 135 in Fugu Sur Community Center. These areas are identified through the PGI-IHPO as high risked areas of Tumaini, Cabagan City of Ilagan and Cauayan City.
“Nagawa natin ito noong pagbabakuna kontra polio at measles. Magagawa din natin kontra COVID-19. Through these bakuna buses, we will be able to reach areas where help is needed. We need to do it fast to beat the invisible enemy,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC Isabela Chapter also conducted livelihood programs for 450 families greatly affected by COVID-19. PRC provided 10,000 cash assistance to help the local community farmers, and other residents jumpstart their lives and get back on their feet.
“Dignity is what we give to these people. This assistance will help them stand up on their feet and go on with their lives,” Sen. Gordon added.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continuous to test and vaccinate individuals amid typhoon Jolina, placing the National Capital Region at signal #2.
PRC Bakuna Centers, Bakuna Bus, Isolation Facilities, and Emergency Field Hospital will remain operational to accept patients needing immediate healthcare. According to PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon that continuous testing and vaccination for our fellow Filipinos are our number one protection against COVID-19.
“Patuloy ang pagbibigay serbisyo ng Philippine Red Cross sa ating mga kababayan kahit na may bagyo. We need to move and act fast in order to defeat the invisible enemy, “Gordon said.
PRC also mobilized its staff and volunteers from different chapters to conduct assessment and provide assistance in their area of responsibility in case of flooding particularly those in flood prone areas.