MANDALUYONG, METRO MANILA – Volunteers and staff of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continue to aid families affected by the low pressure area (LPA) and the shearline that brought incessant rains over the weekend in the eastern sections of Visayas and Luzon.
The PRC – Northern Samar Chapter served hot meals to 153 individuals and set up a welfare desk and first aid station at the Polangi Evacuation Center to provide physical and mental medical attention to evacuees. In Quezon Lucena, the PRC’s first aid station monitored the blood pressure of 38 evacuees, while the PRC’s welfare desk provided psychological first aid (PFA) and facilitated child-friendly spaces for over 100 individuals.
Provision of food, water, PFA, and basic medical care constitute the standard response and rescue efforts of the PRC to reinstate evacuees’ access to essential necessities amid disruptions.
According to PRC Chairman and CEO Dick Gordon, terrains and other areas in the affected regions are susceptible to landslides and mudslides due to the saturated soil caused by heavy rainfall. “Our payloaders are positioned for clearing operations, ensuring continuous assistance to geographically isolated areas,” he added.
As of writing, there are 12 evacuation centers in Northern Samar, Western Samar, and Masbate housing 1,460 individuals.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon has alerted all its services, chapters, and volunteers in preparation for the low-pressure area (LPA) which may develop into a tropical depression.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the LPA located 1,945 kilometers southeast of Mindanao may develop into a tropical depression by Sunday and enter PAR on Tuesday. In line with this, Chairman Gordon reiterates the importance of the 4Ps of the Red Cross in times of disasters.
“Predict, Plan, Prepare, and Practice. Dapat marunong tayo mag predict kung kelan papasok ang bagyo, dapat tayo ay nag pa-plano kung saan ang mga evacuation centers kung sakali ang matinding pag-baha, we need to prepare, ihanda natin ang mga kailangan kagaya ng Go-bag na naglalaman ng Pagkain, medisina, tubig, at iba pang mga kailangan. And lastly, we need to practice para malaman rin ng iba ang gagawin sa mga pagkakataon na bumagyo sa ating mga lugar,” Sen. Gordon said.
PRC is beefing up its disaster management services through its local chapters as all rescue vehicles and emergency response units are ready for situations like this. Through PRC’s volunteers, logistics, and information technology, the Red Cross is always first, always ready, and always there in every situation where help is needed.