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A blaze of fire and smoke broke out on the first Monday of May at a residential area within the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman Campus, and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) was quick to respond to the affected area.

The PRC Chairman, Senator Dick Gordon, immediately directed the PRC Operations Center to deploy PRC’s firefighters and emergency medical services team to Village A of the UP compound in Quezon City as reports of fire started coming in around 5:20 in the morning of May 2, 2022.

The Red Cross quickly dispatched one fire truck with four trained firefighters and one ambulance unit with three emergency medical responders.

The local fire bureau estimates that about 80 houses were damaged, with about 250 families affected. The families who lost their homes were evacuated to temporary shelters at the Village A and B covered court.

Red Cross teams are currently conducting assessments and will be deploying its food trucks to provide hot meals to the affected families.

“Napakahalaga ng emergency response unit at emergency medical services sa mga komunidad. Ang Red Cross ay laging handa para rumesponde sa mga kalamidad katulad ng sunog,” Chairman Gordon said.

Philippine Red Cross grants multipurpose cash assistance to people affected by TS Agaton in Capiz

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) granted much-needed cash assistance to 333 families affected by Tropical Storm Agaton in Barangays Ambilay, Cabugao, and Cabangahan in the municipality of Panitan, Capiz. The tropical storm caused flooding and landslides in four cities and 77 municipalities across the country in April.

The PRC intends the cash grant of Php5,000.00 per family, or Php1,665,000.00, to be multipurpose, which means it should help meet whatever the beneficiaries’ needs are. The cash grant is part of the Forecast-Based Financing Project, a partnership among the Philippine Red Cross, the German Red Cross, and the Finnish Red Cross.

PRC Board of Governors member Francis Joseph J. Jalandoni, together with 72 volunteers and staff from various PRC services and teams, took charge of the relief operations. Fifteen members of the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team and six police officers ensured peace and order during the event.

PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Richard ‘Dick’ J. Gordon reassured those who were made vulnerable by TS Agaton that the Red Cross will continue to provide assistance until they are able to recover. “Gaya ng dati, nandito ang Red Cross para alalayan ang ating mga kababayan hanggang sa sila ay maka-recover,” Chairman Gordon said.

From April 7 to May 1, the PRC also served hot meals to 13,548 individuals and distributed 621,760 liters of water to populations affected by TS Agaton in Davao de Oro, Davao Oriental, General Santos City, Hilongos, Iloilo, Leyte, Maguindanao, Negros Occidental, Ormoc, Passi City, Sorsogon, Southern Leyte, and Surigao del Norte. It gave food items to 1,333 families and psychosocial first aid to 757 adults and 371 children. Its emergency response unit helped evacuate 67 individuals and rescued another 99. PRC volunteers and staff provided emergency medical services, hygiene education, and PPEs. They also helped some local government units in distributing their relief items.


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) received PHP 5,245,000 million donations from Procter & Gamble to help vaccinate 15,000 vulnerable individuals in 150 communities in CALABARZON through PRC’s Bakuna Bus.

A virtual turnover was held on September 14, 2021, and was virtually attended, by PRC Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla, P&G President and General Manager Raffy Fajardo, and other executives from PRC and P&G.

P&G is a long-time partner of PRC in fighting the pandemic with the mission to step up as a force for good. P&G, guided by its principles and priorities in providing support to front liners and communities, has been one of the primary focuses at the start of the pandemic.

P&G will provide assistance to PRC’s Bakuna Bus for their operations to inoculate people from the most vulnerable groups. PRC already has 16 mobile vaccination bus and vaccinated over 40,604 individuals. The donations of product and cash support are significant and will continue to increase as P&G works with communities worldwide to support their efforts to help people through this crisis.

“I would like to thank P&G for their generous donation to the Red Cross to help in alleviating human suffering and uplifts the dignity of the people. P&G is a long-time partner of PRC in providing aid to the communities greatly affected by COVID-19 and disaster. May we continue to be partners in helping the most vulnerable as we help them through this crisis,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.

P&G recently donated monetary donations responding to disaster and covid-19 operations amounting to over PHP 3,000,000, along with in-kind donations of P&G products.

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) Cebu Chapter team continues to work round the clock, even on non-working holidays, and provide ready-to-eat meals for the most vulnerable last September 09, 2021.

PRC Cebu chapter under the leadership of Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon simultaneously deployed two food trucks in Brgy, Inayawan, Cebu, and District hospitals in Sogod and Tuburan, the northern part of Cebu. The food truck served  464 individuals composed of Senior Citizens, Children aged 5-10 yrs old, and medical frontliners.

“The Philippine Red Cross continues to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the pandemic. Our Red Cross staff and volunteers work tirelessly, that help will be delivered to the most vulnerable and alleviate human suffering and uplifts the dignity of the people,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

The mobile kitchen is scheduled to roll out on September 15, 2021, to the local government unit of Naga, Cebu, and provide assistance to the daily wage workers and Aetas, followed by Brgy. Mambaling, Cebu City for 6,000 senior citizens by schedule.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will conduct a webinar on suicide prevention for the Bangsamoro Youth in celebration of World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 on September 10.

PRC Red Cross Youth will facilitate the interactive webinar on suicide prevention, in partnership with the Bangsamoro youth commission, Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), German Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, and funded by the European Union.

The webinar will cover a series of topics with Gab Valenciano, a mental health advocate, celebrity, and guest speaker. Gab will talk about the story of hope, while Psychiatrist Dr. Agnes Casino will tackle suicide prevention and response, and Social Worker Predinson Morales will discuss dealing with distressed individuals.

“We need to focus and give assistance to the mental health of our youth Muslim brothers and sisters in the BARMM region. Some of them don’t have access, so we in the Red Cross will conduct a webinar for mental health support,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said.

Recently PRC conducted a webinar series, as part of the Welfare Services peace and development project to reduce the impact of the covid-19 pandemic and foster the public health system and socioeconomic development in BARMM last Aug 2021.

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.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has built a total of 151,000 houses for the most vulnerable families in response to the damages brought by numerous typhoons since Sen. Dick Gordon held the position as Chairman and CEO of the humanitarian organization.

Aside from the full-shelter assistance program, PRC also distributes cash assistance for shelter repair, corrugated galvanized irons (CGI) sheets, and shelter repair tool kits to help typhoon-affected residents in the restoration of their houses.

“Patuloy ang Red Cross sa pagbibigay ng pag-asa sa ating mga kababayan. Dapat sila ay may bubong upang mapanatiling ligtas at makatulog sa gabi lalo na ang mga most vulnerable families sa panahon ng sakuna. WE WANT TO PROTECT THEM,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.

This initiative by the Philippine Red Cross, together with our partner national societies has brought hope to more than 151,000 families and brought dignity to every beneficiary it served.

Recently, PRC held a ground breaking activity to provide full shelter assistance to 167 families in Albay. PRC also delivers humanitarian assistance through various cash assistance, deploying food trucks, and psychosocial support to affected communities.

Philippine Red Cross

Born officially in 1947, but with roots that traces back to the revolutionary days, the Philippine Red Cross has truly become the premier humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

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