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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will send additional medical tents to address the health problems caused by the closing of several hospitals in Mindanao that were damaged by series of earthquakes last month.

After visiting the emergency medical tents in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon ordered for more tents with more beds to be added to avoid patients sharing beds with those caring for them as this may cause disease transmission.

Two (2) additional temporary medical tents from PRC Health Services are expected to arrive in Kidapawan City Hospital by Friday, November 29.

Along with these, portable toilets and a water bladder will also be added to support proper hygiene and sanitation and to ensure adequate supply of water. For Davao del Sur, shelter assistance will be given after assessment and another water bladder will be added to the operating assets of PRC.

“We have to extend medical assistance to affected individuals and avoid possible outbreak of diseases since a number of hospitals are having difficulties in addressing the needs of their patients such as, limited number of rooms while others aren’t safe yet due to cracks as a result of powerful tremors,” Gordon added.

The PRC Health Services (HS) and Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) currently has 2 sets of 6×6 meter tents, 1 set of 6 by 9 meters tent, 20 cot beds and a generator in Kidapawan City Hospital.

These 3 air-conditioned medical tents with improved roofing and 1 additional gazebo tent for duty volunteers, a ward, Out Patient Area and area for Delivery Room are being utilized and headed by PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter.

As of November 26, more than 420 families received hygiene kits and food items while 357 families from Magsaysay received food items (FIs) and non-food items (NFIs) such as sleeping and hygiene kits, jerry cans and tarpaulins in Kidapawan City.

Hygiene kits are vital due to the high risk of catching diseases in evacuation centers as these places are often crowded and practice of sanitation is a challenge. Jerry cans greatly help evacuees as water supply has been problematic since the earthquakes.

After visiting the emergency medical tents in Kidapawan City, Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO, Sen. Richard Gordon ordered for more tents with more beds to be added to avoid patients sharing beds with those caring for them as this may cause disease transmission. Along with these, portable toilets and water bladder will also be added to support proper hygiene and sanitation and to ensure adequate supply of water. As for Davao del Sur, shelter assistance will be given after assessment and another water bladder will added to the operating assets of PRC.

Red Cross volunteers and staff on the ground have provided the affected population with immediate relief items such ambulance to transfer the injured and hot meals to the evacuees. Distribution of tarpaulins and hygiene and sleeping kits also followed soon after as well as the deployment of water tankers and bladders. As the team further assesses the needs of the affected communities, PRC distributed more of these essential items to 777 families in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato and Magsaysay, Davao del Sur yesterday.

During the distribution, Chairman Gordon taught the beneficiaries about the 4Ps – predict, plan, prepare and practice. This aims to empower communities and teach them the importance of being prepared should disasters strike. Stressing that Red Cross is not a charity institution, Chairman Gordon emphasized the importance of preserving the dignity of the beneficiaries and not being a “hand-out” organization.

“We don’t want a culture na pahingi. Ang kultura natin dapat, “Kaya natin ‘to. Makakabangon tayo. The quicker people go back to their normal life, the better,” say Chairman Gordon as he eyes livelihood programs next. This is why the Red Cross distributes relief using the “latag system” preserving the dignity of the recipients as they personally pick their items up to carry them to their homes. Also, community engagement and consultation is done to better understand what early recovery program suits the community.

For Kidapawan City, 420 families received hygiene kits and food items while 357 families from Magsaysay received food items (FIs) and non-food items (NFIs) such as sleeping and hygiene kits, jerry cans and tarpaulins. Hygiene kits are vital due to the high risk of catching diseases in evacuation centers as these places are often crowded and practice of sanitation is a challenge. Jerry cans greatly help evacuees as water supply has been problematic since the earthquakes. Tarpaulins provide temporary shelter.

Philippine Red Cross Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla and Board of Governor Member Armand Arreza were also present in the event, together with IFRC Operations Manager Patrick Elliot, ICRC’s Head of Cooperation and Acting Deputy Head of Davao Sub-Delegations, Richard Villena and Elliot Wood, respectively.

PRC provides the basic needs to ease the difficulties the affected residents are going through.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) installed several medical tents in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato to address the health problems caused by the closing of several hospitals in Mindanao that were damaged by series of earthquakes last month.

Senator Richard Gordon, Chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross said that basic health care remains a top priority of the PRC.

“We have to extend medical assistance to affected individuals and avoid possible outbreak of diseases since a number of hospitals are having difficulties in addressing the needs of their patients such as, limited number of rooms while others aren’t safe yet due to cracks as a result of powerful tremors,” Gordon added.

The PRC Health Services (HS) and Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) set-up 2 sets of 6×6 meter tents, 1 set of 6 by 9 meters tent, 20 cot beds and a generator in Kidapawan City Hospital.

These three air-conditioned medical tents are functional with improved roofing and one additional gazebo tent for duty volunteers, a ward, Out Patient Area and area for Delivery Room headed by PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter.

“We are very thankful for these tents na binigay ng Philippine Red Cross and PRC Chairman Richard Gordon, these will really help a lot of patients in providing protection from the weather. We didn’t expect na may mga bed pa nakasama. We are overwhelmed by the support of PRC,” Chief of Hospital, Dr. Hamir Hechanova of Kidapawan City Hospital, said.

As of November 19, the medical tents already catered 42 patients, 23 are currently admitted and 8 were discharged.

The PRC also mobilized a humanitarian caravan to further assist the affected communities in Barangay New Opon, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur. These humanitarian trucks are loaded with food and non-food items, water tankers and mobile kitchen.

These accomplishments could not have been possible without the support of PRC’s operation partners and donors– the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Embassy of Republic of Korea, San Miguel Food Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation, Filminera Resources Corporation, Cabinet Secretary KarloNograles, Thome Ship Management (TSM) Group and Ramon Tulfo Good Samaritan Foundation Incorporated.

Since October 16, PRC has mobilized 569 volunteers, staff and Red Cross Youth, providing first aid to 84 individuals in 12 First Aid stations in Kidapawan City, Davao del Sur and General Santos City, distributing food items to 1,630 families in Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato.

Eighteen temporary shower facilities were installed in the Municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur as part of PRC’s commitment to promote hygiene and sanitation whenever a calamity or disaster hits.

A total of 1,46,928 liters of water were distributed by PRC – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) to 5,690 families or 22,097 individuals in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. The WASH unit also conducted hygiene promotion to 6,576 individuals, installed 40 portable toilets, and established 19 water collecting points also in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.

The Philippine Red Cross distributed hot meals to 11,504 families in North Cotabato (8,766) and Davao Del Sur (2,738), administered psychosocial support to 3,921 individuals including child friendly spaces to 1,630 individuals in North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Davao Del Sur, General Santos and Sultan Kudarat.

PRC also deployed 20 water bladders from General Santos-Saranggani, Davao City, Leyte, Cebu, Agusan del Sur; 5 water tankers and 3 water treatment units to North Cotabato and Davao del Sur; 8ambulances from National Headquarters, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Zamboanga Del Norte chapters and 2 additional mobile kitchens from Bacolod and Iloilo.

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the following avenues:

BDO

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938

Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342

Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal

[email protected]

Families and some local government officials in areas affected by the series of earthquakes in Mindanao gratefully acknowledge the untiring efforts of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in the Municipalities of Tulunan, Makilala, M’lang and Kidapawan City, North Cotabato and Magsaysay, Malalag, Bansalan, Matanao, Hagonoy, Digos City in Davao del Sur.

“Even if we spearheaded the ongoing humanitarian operations in quake-hit Mindanao, our mission won’t stop here, we will not abandon the affected and displaced people, we will be here to help them get back to their normal life,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

One of the main priorities of PRC is to supply clean and safe water to thousands of residents after a series of temblors disrupted access to water supply and sanitation facilities in two of the hardest-hit provinces, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

“We are very thankful that Red Cross is here to supply us clean and safe water in our barangay,” said Perlita Godinez, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Kidapawan City in North Cotabato.

These accomplishments could not have been possible without the support of PRC’s operation partners and donors – the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Embassy of Republic of Korea, San Miguel Food Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation, Filminera Resources Corporation, Cabinet Secretary KarloNograles, Thome Ship Management (TSM) Group and Ramon Tulfo, Good Samaritan Foundation Incorporated.

Almost a month after the first quake, PRC continues its effort to alleviate human suffering in fulfillment of its mission to serve the most vulnerable especially in areas devastated by the earthquakes.

The PRC, as the foremost humanitarian organization, also reaffirmed its commitment to continue its support for thousands of affected and displaced families in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

As of November 12, the PRC has mobilized 422 volunteers, staff and Red Cross Youth, providing first aid to 81 individuals in 8 first aid stations in Kidapawan City, Davao del Sur and General Santos City, establishing 15 welfare desks, distributing food items to 881 families in Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato and handing out jerry cans or water containers to 413 families in Davao Del Sur.

“We installed 6 temporary shower facilities at Barangay Balnate evacuation center in the Municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur which are now being utilized by the affected families. The Philippine Red Cross stays true to its commitment to promote hygiene and sanitation whenever a calamity or disaster hits,” Gordon added.

A total of 830,208 liters of water were distributed by PRC – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) to 5,604 families or 22,097 individuals in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, conducted hygiene promotion to 3,887 individuals, distributed hygiene kits to 762 families in Davao del Sur, installed 40 portable toilets in various areas in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, and established 19 water collecting points also in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.

Gordon gave his assurance that the PRC will install an additional 20 portalets especially in remote areas and will setup Basic Health Care Unit to address health problems in Kidapawan City.

PRC provided sleeping kits to 1,155 families in North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, distributed hot meals to 7,336 families in North Cotabato (3,365) and Davao Del Sur (2,054), administered psychosocial support to 2,778 individuals in North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Davao Del Sur, General Santos and Sultan Kudarat.

PRC also deployed 5 water tankers, 20 water bladders from General Santos-Saranggani, Davao City, Leyte, Cebu, Agusan del Sur and 2 water treatment units from North Cotabato and Davao del Sur, 8ambulances from SouthCotabato, Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Zamboanga Del Norte chapters, 2 additional mobile kitchens from Bacolod and Iloilo and will create a community kitchen kiosk per evacuation center. Evacuees will not need to cook inside their tents thereby avoiding a fire hazard.

Since October 16, more than 30,687 families or 153,435 individuals in 15 municipalities and cities, in 7 provinces have been affected by the series of earthquakes.

More than 11,242 families or 39,128 individuals are taking temporary shelter in 50 evacuation centers, 31 in Davao del Sur (6,476 families or 15,298 individuals) and 19 in North Cotabato (4,766 families or 23,830 individuals).

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the following avenues:

BDO

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938

Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342

Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal

[email protected]

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues its effort in alleviating human suffering in fulfillment of its mission to serve the most vulnerable especially in areas devastated by a series of temblors in Mindanao.

More than three weeks after the first earthquake, PRC, as the foremost humanitarian organization, reaffirmed its commitment to support thousands of affected and displaced families in two of the hardest-hit areas, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

As of November 7, the PRC mobilized 422 volunteers, staff and Red Cross Youth, providing first aid to 81 individuals in 8 first aid stations established in Kidapawan City, Davao del Sur and General Santos City, distributing tarpaulins to 861 families in Davao Del Sur (339) and North Cotabato (129) and handing out jerry cans or water containers to 119 families in Davao Del Sur.

“We installed 6 temporary shower rooms at Barangay Balnate evacuation center in the Municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur and are now being utilized by the affected families. The Philippine Red Cross stays true to its commitment to promote sanitation whenever a calamity or disaster strikes,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

A total of 446,208 liters of water were distributed by PRC to 3,108 families or more than 12,000 individuals in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, conducted hygiene promotion to 3,312 individuals in Davao del Sur, installed 10 portable toilets in Davao del Sur and established 12 welfare desks in North Cotabato, South Cotabatoand Davao Del Sur.

Gordon also gave his assurance that the PRC will be sending additional portalets especially in remote areas.

“Our mission won’t stop here, PRC will not abandon the people of Mindanao, we will be here to help them get back on their feet,” Gordon added.

PRC provided food items to 587 families, hygiene kits to 468 families in Davao del Sur, sleeping kits to 861 families in North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, distributed hot meals to 5,419 families in North Cotabato (3,365) and Davao Del Sur (2,054), administered psychological first aid to 1,404 individuals in North Cotabato (487), South Cotabato(22), Davao Del Sur (811), General Santos (44) and Sultan Kudarat (40).

Red Cross also deployed 2 additional water tankers from Leyte and Albay, 4 water bladders from Gensan and Davao City and 3 water treatment units from North Cotabato and Davao del Sur, 2 additional mobile kitchen from Bacolod and Iloilo, 4 ambulances from SouthCotabato, Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Zamboanga Del Norte chapters.

Since October 16, more than 30,600 families or 153,435 individuals from 184 barangays in 15 municipalities and cities, in 7 provinces have been affected by the series of earthquakes.

More than 5,761 families or 25,856 individuals are staying in 45 evacuation centers, 25 in Davao del Sur (1,685 families or 5,985 individuals) and 20 in North Cotabato(4,626 families or 19,871 individuals).

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the followingavenues:

BDO

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938

Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342

Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal

[email protected]

As relief operations continue in quake-hit areas in Mindanao, the Philippine Red Cross(PRC)reiterated its appeal for more support for thousands of families affected and displaced by strong earthquakes that shook the region on October 16, 2019 followed by a series of equally strong tremors.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon urged the public including big companies to help in the relief efforts through their donations especially for the most vulnerable residents of North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, two of the severely hit areas.

“More than 420 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground to aid the affected families and individuals in Regions 11 and 12. Assistance is badly needed in the form of temporary shelters, food, medicine, clean water, tents and essential household items (water containers, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, sleeping kits),” Gordon said.

As of November 4, there are more than 37,000 families or 188,000 individuals affected by the series of earthquakes in Davao and Soccsksargen regions in the past two weeks.

“Other communities are in need of temporary medical facilities as some hospitals were damaged by the tremors. The fear is that the more than 2,600 aftershocks monitored by PHIVOLCS could have further weakened the structures’ foundation,” Gordon added.

Water is an essential need and PRC continues to produce safe drinking water to insure adequacy of supply especially for the residents staying in evacuation areas.

To prevent the spread of water-borne and communicable diseases, PRC’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team deployed additional water tankers to provide clean and safe water to the affected families and individuals suffering from the disruption of the water systems. Hygiene and sanitation are not overlooked with the installation of additional 20 portable toilets.

PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter provided hot meals to more than 7,300 individuals particularly in Barangays Ilomavis and Balabag, administered first-aid,conducted psychological counselling,distributed beneficiary cards to 300 families staying in the Malasila National Vocational and Technological High School. Potable water is made available to residents of Barangays Ilomavis, Kidapawan and Old Bulatukan in the Municipality of Makilala.

In Davao Del Sur, PRC distributed food items in Barangays Darapuan and Kinuskusan, non-food items, health kits, sleeping kits to 107 families in Barangay Anonang, in the Municipality of Bansalan, water in Barangays Balnate and San Miguel in the municipality of Magsaysay.

The PRC team from Davao del Sur Chapter also conducted hygiene promotion, Red Cross volunteer orientation and set up welfare desk/first aid station in relief areas in the Municipality of Bansalan.

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the following avenues:

BDO

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938

Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342

Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal

[email protected]

Angel Locsin may just have it all – an angelic face, a soaring career and a blissful love story. But what others may be unaware of is her good heart that genuinely cares for others, an angel not just by name but in selfless deeds.

Born as Angelica Colmenares, Angel has been a householdname on TV and in the movie screen. She is known for her remarkable acting skills which earned her various awards and recognition. Being a sought after celebrity, her schedule is almost always full to the hilt. However, there is one thing that a busy schedule cannot keep her from –helping others.

Just a few days ago, Locsin, together with her fiancé Neil Arce, was seen in Davao buying rice, other food items and hygiene essentials then bringing them to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chapters as assistance to those who were deeply affected by the series of earthquakes in Mindanao. And this is not the first time that Angel has extended help to the vulnerable through the Red Cross.

Since Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, Locsin has been a familiar face during PRC relief packing activities. Popular as she is, she would avoid any special treatment and would insist on sitting on cold floors or anywhere other volunteers would sit while packing relief items. She would carry heavy boxes of goods and assist those who are finding the load too heavy to lift.After the lifting and the sweating, she would also bring food to share with all the volunteers. All of these she would do wearing that charismatic smile which earned her the admiration of many.

Aside from being present in various relief operations, Angel also became an active advocate of blood donation. Having millions of followers and fans, she would regularly promote the life-saving act of voluntary blood donation. She would also find time to get enough sleep and rest to qualify as blood donor and has given enough to be called a Blood Galloner.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman, Sen. Richard Gordon has acknowledged the humanitarian actions of Locsin through a post on his official Facebook page, “Angel indeed, Ms. Angel Locsin, together with her fiancé, Neil Arce, personally went to Davao del Sur Chapter to donate and volunteer in the distribution of relief goods and hygiene kits for the quake-hit families. She has been supporting PRC for a long time and has participated during relief distributions since Typhoon Ondoy. Thank you, Angel, for trusting the Philippine Red Cross.”

Angel may be remembered by many as the fictional Pinay heroine Darna but for the countless lives she has touched through her acts of volunteerism and her altruistic efforts, she will be their real life superhero without a cape or a costume but with an angelic heart for humanity.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is appealing for more support for thousands of families affected by the series of strong earthquakes that jolted Mindanao on October 16, 2019 followed by a series of equally strong tremors.

As families flock to different evacuations centers due to the damage brought by the series of earthquakes and aftershocks, Chairman Richard Gordon reached out to the public to assist in the relief effort through their donations especially for the residents of North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, two of the badly hit areas.

“More than 35,000 families or 178,305 individual shave been affected in Regions 11 and 12. They are in dire need of assistance such as food, medicine, clean water and essential household items (water containers, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, sleeping kits)especially the most vulnerable,” Gordon said.

PRC has started producing water in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato to ensure adequate and safe drinking water especially for the residents staying in evacuation centers.

“PRC’S Water, Sanitation and Hygiene team provides clean and safe water the affected families and individuals suffering from the disruption of the water systems in these areas,” Gordon added.

PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter provided hot meals to almost 3,000 individuals in Old Bulatukan and Malasila Elementary Schools in Makilala, North Cotabato,administered first-aid,conducted psychological counselling, distributed beneficiary cards to 529 families and potable water to Barangay Ilomavis residents.

In Davao Del Sur, water distribution in the municipalities of Magsaysay, Balabag and Digos City is ongoing, 271 families in the Municipality of Bansalan were also provided with sleeping and health kits while construction of latrines and shower facilities continues in Barangay Tarapuay and Kinuskusan.

“Rest assured that there is a Red Cross that is always first, always ready, always there to help the most vulnerable during calamities.Since the first quake struck Mindanao on October 16, our teams have been working round-the-clock, providing first aid and other humanitarian services,” Gordon said.

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the following avenues:

BDO Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938 Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482 Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52 Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342 Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182 Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal [email protected]

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