On June 21, 2022, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Operations Center (OpCen) at National Headquarters received a fire alarm call at 3:53 PM regarding an ongoing fire at Purok 1, Barangay Andili, in Mawab, Davao de Oro. Immediately upon receipt of the call, OpCen had the local Davao PRC Chapter emergency personnel check on the situation while an ambulance unit arrived on site to provide medical assistance to victims in need of such.
More than 52 families with 162 individuals were affected by the fire that raged for more than five hours in a residential and commercial area, reaching the second alarm. It was allegedly caused by an unattended rice cooker. As the fire was finally put under control at 9pm, PRC planned deployment of its food trucks to provide hot meals prepared by PRC’s Welfare Services Team to those affected.
“Patuloy ang paghahatid ng pag-asa ng Red Cross sa mga labis na naapektuhan ng sunog kahit sa Davao de Oro. Laging handang tumulong ang PRC sa pangangailangan, alinsunod sa aming layunin na maging laging una, laging handa, at laging nandyan para sa ating mga kababayan,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said.
The local PRC Chapter deployed an ambulance with a 3 man team that assessed the situation at the evacuation Center where a First Aid station and Welfare desk with 2 trained personnel was set up. Six large tents were then installed at the Barangay Andili Gymnasium in Mawab as temporary shelter for the affected families. The PRC Activity Plan schedule is to continue to have a Welfare desk set-up, to conduct a Hygiene Promotion briefing with hygiene kits being distributed after and to conduct psychosocial support for all the families concerned.
PRC resources such as fire trucks, ambulance units, food trucks, and specially trained emergency personnel are part of its national rescue and relief teams serving emergency needs all over the country.
Gordon said, “Laging handang tumulong ang Philippine Red Cross sa mga fire emergencies kahit saan naganap. Agad nating ipinadala ang ating resources upang mabilis ang pag-rescue at tulong. Mag-iingat din tayo dahil marami and nangyayaring sunog sa ngayon kahit nag-umpisa na ang tag-ulan. Fire Safety begins at home – identify fire hazards and plan out evacuation measures in case of fire to uphold the safety of everyone.”
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapters in General Santos City-Sarangani Province and Davao de Oro assisted local governments in evacuating residents affected by the Low Pressure Area (LPA). As of 8:00 am today, April 7, 2022, 350 persons from 31 families are sheltered in one evacuation center in Sarangani while 739 persons from 266 families are in 15 evacuation centers in Davao de Oro.
“Because of our volunteers and staff on the ground, our logistics, and our information technology, Red Cross is always first, always ready, and always there to help our people during calamities like this,” the PRC Chairman and CEO, Senator Dick Gordon, said.
PRC WASAR (water search and rescue) team helped move 19 persons in Lagab, Compostela from their flooded barangay to the evacuation center. PRC volunteers and staff in Sarangani served hot meals to 350 evacuees from Kawas, Alabel through the PRC Hot Meals on Wheels. Trained staff also provided psychosocial first aid to adults and facilitated activities for children in a child-friendly space.
The LPA, which is located east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, remains less likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours, according to the 11:00 pm PAGASA report on April 6.
True to its mantra of “volunteers + logistics + information technology = a Red Cross that is always first, always ready, always there,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, acting on information provided by its volunteers in the field, immediately deployed volunteers, staff, and resources to assist those affected by the floods in Sarangani and Davao de Oro. “Ang Philippine Red Cross ay walang humpay at laging handang sumaklolo sa ating mga kababayan sa anumang kalamidad,” PRC Chairman Gordon said.
The PRC provided hot meals to 350 persons, as well as psychosocial support and child-friendly space in Barangay Kawas, municipality of Alabel, Sarangani on the evening of April 4. PRC also sent a water search and rescue (WASAR) team and equipment to Barangay Lagab, Compostela, Davao de Oro on April 6.
The flooding incidents, which were knee-deep in Sarangani and about three to four feet in Davao De Oro, were caused by continuous rains. PRC operations started as early as the evening of April 4 in Sarangani and 3:00 am on April 6 in Davao de Oro. PRC continues its response today, in coordination with local government units.
More than 30 families — approximately 160 persons — in nine barangays in Alabel are affected, according to early estimates. In Davao de Oro, three municipalities are affected: Compostela, Nabunturan, and Monkayo. PRC will continue monitoring conditions in these areas and provide further support as needed.