Volunteers and staff of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Laguna and Quezon-Lucena chapters distributed hot meals through PRC’s Hot Meals on Wheels Program to 100 passengers affected by the fire at Mercraft 2, a vessel that caught fire in Real, Quezon yesterday, May 23, 2022.
The Red Cross Welfare Teams also provided psychosocial support to 30 individuals at the Real Port Terminal and at the Claro M. Recto District Hospital, where some passengers were transported for treatment. Twenty passengers received health kits. The vessel had a total of 124 passengers.
The Philippine Red Cross immediately deployed two ambulance units with trained emergency medical services personnel at the scene after receiving a report on the fire. A total of 16 Red Cross emergency response and relief personnel were deployed.
“Tunay na maaasahan ang Red Cross volunteers and staff sa iba’t ibang parte ng ating bansa sa pagresponde sa pangangailangan ng ating mga kababayan kapag may emergency,” Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said.
In efforts to reach more people in need and to offer reliable help, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Richard ‘Dick’ J. Gordon welcomed a new branch of the Laguna Chapter in the multipurpose building of Barangay Wawa, Siniloan, Laguna on April 29. In attendance at the opening ceremony were Chapter Administrator Frank Gray Sorromero and members of the Laguna Chapter Board of Directors. The establishment of the PRC branch in Siniloan was made possible through the support of Mayor Rainier Leopando, whom Senator Gordon acknowledged in his speech.
Senator Gordon reminded the audience members at the opening ceremony that PRC is not a government entity, that volunteers compose it, that they do it without a salary, to uplift human dignity and alleviate human suffering. He lauded Red Cross volunteers for their leadership shown through action.
He emphasized the importance of “pagmamalasakit,” or compassion, which he and the PRC have stood for since its founding in 1947. He cited the Republic of Korea’s donation of a water tanker to the PRC and PRC’s assistance to other nations, like Ukraine. He also referred to the PRC’s contribution to the RT-PCR testing for Covid-19 in the Philippines; the PRC has conducted more than 5.5 million tests.
Senator Gordon also emphasized that even though the Red Cross helps the people, it is not about just giving away provisions but about empowering people. He says that as a leader, his goal is to strengthen people’s abilities. “Tumutulong tayo para may dangal at dignidad tayo,” Senator Gordon said.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) partners with Laguna Police Provincial Office to launch its COVID-19 vaccination program for persons deprived of liberty (PDL). PRC started to roll out its Bakuna Bus to begin the first day of vaccination and vaccinated 540 individuals in Binan City Police Station and 25 in San Pablo City police station on November 24, 2021.
PRC Laguna Chapter, headed by its Chapter Administrator Frank Gray Sorromero, targets the vaccination of PDLs in 24 Municipalities and 6 Cities in Laguna from November 24, 2021, to December 03, 2021.
“Tayo ay walang pinipili. Dapat masigurado natin na lahat ay protektado kontra COVID-19 at walang maiiwan ngayong pandemya,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
The Bakuna Bus will head to Santa Cruz and Pila Municipal Police Station on November 25, 2021, to continue its vaccination for persons deprived of liberty. PRC Laguna Chapter thanks Laguna Police Provincial Office Acting Provincial Director PCOL Rogarth Bulalacao Campo for the partnership in vaccinating the most vulnerable groups.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues its COVID-19 operations through the deployment of the Bakuna Bus in Calauan, Laguna. PRC Lagna Chapter, together with the local government (LGU) unit of Calauan, Laguna aims to vaccinate 1,000 individuals belonging to the A3-A4 priority group on November 15, 2021.
PRC has 25 Bakuna Centers and a fleet of 16 Bakuna Bus, stationed in different parts of the country to assist the local government unit in vaccinating the residents as soon as possible. PRC has now vaccinated 409,442 individuals since it began its vaccination program last March 2021.
“Mas lalo nating ipinagtitibay ang ating pagbabakuna. Sa ngayon ay bumabalik na tayo sa normal, ngunit hindi ito dapat maging rason upang ilower natin ang ating guard kontra COVID-19. Continuous testing and vaccination ay ang susi upang malabanan natin ang COVID-19,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, PRC continues to provide humanitarian services to alleviate human suffering and uplift the dignity of the people. PRC Laguna Chapter in partnership with the Santa Rosa City Police Station, Santa Rosa Police Advisory council, Rotary Club of Santa Rosa, and City of Brave Matikas Eagles Club, also conducted a bloodletting activity at the Santa Rosa sports complex on November 14, 2021.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deploys its Bakuna Buses in Cagayan, Aklan, Capiz, and Lucena on November 05, 2021, and targets to inoculate 1,065 individuals belonging to the A3-A4 categories.
The Bakuna Bus, operated by PRC staff and volunteers, reached the province of Bouquet, Cagayan to vaccinate 180 individuals, Manika, Aklan vaccinating 100 individuals, 200 individuals in BJMP, Los Banos, Laguna, 250 individuals at Ponteverde, Capiz, and 335 individuals in Dupa, Quezon-Lucena.
“Tuloy-tuloy ang ating pagbabakuna sa ating kababayan. Ang ating mga bakuna Bus ay naka-deploy sa iba’t ibang sulok ng ating bansa upang mapabilis ang ating pagbabakuna, sa tulong ng mga local government unit,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC continues to deploy its bakuna buses to vaccinate more people in the coming weeks to ensure the safety of the individuals, despite the lowering of cases.
Chairman Gordon strongly reiterates the importance of vaccination and continuous testing to prevent COVID-19. According to Sen. Gordon, “This is not the time to be complacent and keep our guard up as COVID-19 can still be easily transmitted to unvaccinated individuals.”
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) vaccinates 1,300 individuals belonging to the A4 category through its Bakuna Center in Light Industry and Science Park 2, Calamba, Laguna last October 27, 2021.
PRC Laguna Chapter, headed by its Chapter Administrator Frank Sorromero, spearheaded the vaccination efforts in Laguna with the assistance of the local government unit. As of October 15, 2021, PRC Laguna Chapter vaccinated 16,255 individuals through its Bakuna Bus and Bakuna Centers.
This initiative is part of the vision of PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon to give the residents of Laguna access to PRC humanitarian services. On the same day, PRC also led the groundbreaking ceremony of the soon-to-build Blood Bank at the City of Sta. Rosa Laguna.
“Inilalapit natin sa mga taga Laguna an gating services upang makatulong sa mga nangangailangan. Ang ating Bakuna Centers at Bakuna Bus ay sinimulan ng Philippine Red Cross upang mabilis natin mabakunahan ang mas maraming tao at marating ang mga walang access dito. Pinangunahan din natin ang groundbreaking ceremony ng bagong PRC Blood Bank sa Sta. Rosa para mabigyan ng mas mabilis na access ang mga taga Sta. Rosa, Binan, San Pedro, at lahat na ngangailangan ng dugo,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC Laguna Chapter will continue to be of service to the most vulnerable people in Laguna, abiding by its mantra to be always first, always ready, and always there where help is needed.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the new PRC Blood Bank that will soon rise in Sta. Rosa Laguna on October 27, 2021. The blood bank will serve the entire city and nearby cities such as Binan and San Pedro, Laguna, with a total population of 1,148, 250 as of 2020.
The groundbreaking ceremony will be attended virtually by PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, PRC Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla, City Mayor Hon. Arlene Arcillas, Chairman of the Laguna Chapter Dir. Jaime B. Ching, Chapter Administrator Frank Gray M. Sorromero, and President of Isuzu Philippines Corporation Mr. Hajime Koso.
“Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa ating local government unit, donors, Board of Directors, staff, at volunteers sa inyong dedikasyon upang masimulan itong blood bank facility. Sa pamamagitan ng blood bank ay mas marami tayong matutulungan na higit na nangangailangan ng dugo. Mapapabilis din ang paghahatid ng services gaya ng blood services, disaster response, recovery, psychosocial first aid amongst others. Patuloy ang Philippine Red Cross sa pagtupad sa aming mantra to be always first, always ready, and always there kung saan nangangailangan ng tulong,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC Laguna Chapter dispensed 71,640 units of blood from 2019 to September 2021. The soon-to-be-constructed blood bank will increase the chapter’s capacity to serve more individuals who need blood.
More than blood, the PRC Laguna Chapter started various initiatives to combat COVID-19. The PRC Laguna Chapter collected more than 5,995 saliva specimens in its saliva collection sites since opening in February 2021. The chapter also vaccinated more than 16,255 individuals in its Bakuna Centers and Bakuna Bus through the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC.)
The PRC Laguna Chapter continues to deliver its humanitarian services to alleviate human suffering and uplift the dignity of the most vulnerable community of Laguna.