PRC has been known for its commitment to save lives—and one of the ways to save life is to provide blood to someone who needs it. Holding a bloodletting event is a great way to collect blood.
Thus, this April, which is a lean month for blood donations, the Philippine Red Cross held various bloodletting activities in cooperation with Dunkin Donuts, Radio Mindanao Network Foundation and Energy FM 106.7. A total of 213 units of blood were collected from different donors.
“I am very thankful to our blood partners and donors for their continuous support for our blood programs. Through their help, we can keep up with the increasing demand for blood. Blood is essential to life,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.
PRC blood collection is a meticulous process from education and recruitment of donors, actual collection, blood testing, preparing blood products and quality assurance. This ensures that available blood is safe for transfusion.
“A blood donation by one person can save up to four lives,” said PRC National Blood Services Director Dr. Christie Monina M. Nalupta during her interview with RMN-DZXL 558.
Qualified blood donors receive a donor’s card, refreshments, small tokens and a heartfelt thank you.
The Philippine Red Cross has 89 blood service facilities all over the country. Through PRC, blood is within everybody’s reach—from Luzon, Visayas to Mindanao.
For blood donations and other blood concerns, dial 143 or 790-23-00.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to assist communities affected by the magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Porac, Pampanga, including the displaced indigenous people and the survivors of the Chuzon supermarket collapse.
PRC, led by Chairman Richard Gordon, partnered with the Department of Health to provide psychosocial support to the survivors, mostly employees of Chuzon, and bereaved families of the strong earthquake.
“It is important that we work together in this time of need. The Red Cross is supporting government efforts to alleviate the suffering of people who lost their friends and families and the population who were forced to flee their homes regardless of their race,” Gordon said.
PRC’s welfare teams have conducted psychosocial support to 20 employees of Chuzon supermarket and 12 survivors currently admitted at Julio B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando.
A group of volunteers, headed by Deputy Secretary General Dr. Susan Mercado, also reached out to the displaced Aeta community in Porac last April 24 by providing welfare services to 55 families (207 individuals).
“The Aetas refuse to stay in any type of concrete evacuation center as they are traumatized by the shaking. There are also those with pre-existing mental health issues who are further triggered into depression and anxiety,” Mercado said in a Facebook post.
Today, the Red Cross is at Sitio Pasubul, Brgy. Camias in Porac to distribute hygiene kits to 60 indigenous families to protect them from infections and diseases. Red Cross also provides psychosocial support to indigenous people.
“We focus on the immediate needs of the most vulnerable and we will continue to provide services with the support of our volunteers and donors,” Gordon said.
PRC local chapter earlier provided hot meals to 450 individuals at the Aeta Market evacuation center.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deployed manpower and rescue vehicles to assist in the search and rescue operations in a collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga following the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit parts of Luzon on Monday.
Data from the PRC Operations Center shows that as of 7am, 24 individuals are still missing while 69 suffered injuries. PRC mobilized 30 manpower equipped with two ambulance units, two rescue vehicles, a generator set, and a tower light.
PRC also provided body bags to facilitate proper management of bodies retrieved in the incident site.
“We are all together. Red Cross continues the search and rescue operations for the missing individuals at Chuzon Supermarket. We deployed our assets from nearby chapters to provide additional manpower in affected areas. No one shall be left behind,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
Gordon also urged business owners to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the crowd.
“Be mindful of the safety of the people in your establishments. Business owners should inspect and double check the safety of their establishments to avoid putting people in dangerous situations,” he added.
Red Cross also advises the public to take earthquake drills seriously to prevent major casualties and take note of the following measures before, during, and after an earthquake.
- • Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances with wall studs.
- • Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture with wall studs.
- • Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.
- • Brace overhead light fixtures.
- • Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets. Large or heavy items should be closest to the floor.
- • Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
During – if indoors
- • Drop, cover and hold on. Move as little as possible and watch for falling objects.
- • It is most important to keep your head and torso covered. If you’re sitting at a desk or table, get under it. Otherwise drop wherever you are.
- • If you are in bed, stay there, curl up and hold on, protecting your head with a pillow.
- • Stay away from windows to avoid being injured by shattered glass.
- • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you must go outside after the shaking stops, use stairs rather than an elevator in case of aftershocks, power outages or other damages.
- • Be aware that fire alarms and sprinkler systems frequently go off in buildings during an earthquake, even if there is no fire.
During – if you are outside
Find a clear spot and drop to the ground. Stay there until the shaking stops (away from buildings, power lines, trees, streetlights).
During – if you are in a vehicle
- • Pull over to a clear location and stop.
- • Avoid bridges, overpasses and power lines if possible.
- • Stay inside with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking stops.
- • Then, drive carefully avoiding bridges and ramps that might have been damaged.
- • If a power line falls on your vehicle, do not get out. Wait for assistance.
- • If you are in a mountainous area or near unstable slopes and cliffs, be alert for falling rocks and other debris.
- • Landslides are often triggered by earthquakes.
- • If away from home, return only when authorities say it’s safe to do so.
- • Be prepared for aftershocks. If you feel one, drop cover and hold on.
- • Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
- • Open cabinets slowly. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
- • Stay away from damaged areas in and around your home.
- • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
- • Check for gas leaks to prevent fires and secondary damage. Spray the fittings on your gas meter and any fittings on gas appliances with a mixture of water and a little liquid dish soap. If it bubbles, there is gas present.
- • Use extreme caution and examine walls, floors, doors, staircases and windows to check for damage.
A total of 9,065 patients were served during the Holy Week operations of Philippine Red Cross, including individuals involved in road crashes and drowning incidents.
Most of the patients (8,289) had their blood pressure monitored due to extreme heat, while 42 patients who suffered from fainting, severe body pain, difficulty of breathing, and head trauma were transported for further medical attention.
There were also eight major cases recorded such as seizure, loss of consciousness and fracture, while 493 patients sustained wounds, others suffered from sprain, muscle cramps, dizziness and vomiting.
PRC’s welfare desks also catered to 233 individuals, including those assisted through psychosocial support and who sought help to trace their families.
PRC deployed a total of 2,000 staff and 150 ambulances nationwide from April 14 to 22.
“Salute to our untiring staff and volunteers who assisted to our countrymen during the holy week. Selfless act indeed, when you think of others first before yourself. Serving the people and uplifting them during catastrophes has been a regular endeavor for Philippine Red Cross,” Sen. Richard Gordon, chairman of PRC, said.
In Kalinga, PRC staff and volunteers responded to a road crash incident in Binongsay Road, Bry. Malin-awa, Tabuk City, where an elf truck fell off a cliff after losing its brakes. The incident resulted in eight deaths and injured 16 people. PRC provided hot meals and hygiene kits to the nine patients currently admitted.
Meanwhile, in Calatagan, Batangas, PRC transported a 12-year-old boy to Batangas Medicare Hospital due to drowning.
PRC also showed readiness in responding to fire when it immediately mobilized its fire trucks and ambulance vehicles to two fire incidents that both reached 4th alarm in Quezon City and Laguna in April 20.
Aside from the fire trucks and ambulance, the PRC also deployed four first aiders in the fire in Capoas, Masambong in Quezon City where it gutted several houses.
The fire in Laguna destroyed a paper mill in the town of Cabuyao. There were no reported casualties in the said fire incidents.
The number of patients assisted this year is higher compared to last year’s 8,844 individuals.
PRC Holy Week Operations
Summary of assistance
Total Patients Catered (2019): 9,065 (Apr 14-Apr 22)
Total Patients Catered (2018): 8,844 (Mar 26-Apr 2)
Breakdown as follows:
Blood pressure monitoring – 8,289
Transported – 42 (fainting, severe body pain, breathing difficulties, head trauma)
Major – 8 (seizure, loss of consciousness, fracture)
Minor – 493 (wound, sprain, muscle crumps, jellyfish sting, dizziness, vomiting)
Welfare- 233 (Psychosocial support – 179, tracing – 4, referral – 50)
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is on track to deliver scaled up and more accessible services as the humanitarian organization boosts its response capacity in local communities.
Now on its 72nd year, PRC puts more emphasis on its regionalization approach, where the organization’s assets will be strategically positioned in different provinces to conduct faster response in times of disasters and emergencies.
PRC has identified 12 regional hubs namely La Union, Nueva Vizcaya, Subic, Batangas, Naga, Albay, Leyte, Passi City, Zamboanga City, Davao del Sur, Iligan, and Surigao del Norte.
Sen. Richard Gordon, the chairman of PRC, said the regionalization effort mirrors PRC’s commitment to live up to its mantra—“Always First, Always Ready, and Always There.”
“The humanitarian challenges that our country faces are getting more challenging. Typhoons are getting stronger and the emergencies are getting more rampant. There is a strong call to step up humanitarian aid. We have to make sure that we continue to hone our capabilities,” Gordon said.
Among the disaster and emergency response assets that will be strategically deployed in the regional hubs are ambulances, water tankers, rescue equipment and other assets that aim to bring PRC services closer to local communities. This includes welfare desks and health stations.
“Ultimately, regionalization efforts will help the country in terms of molding every barangay into resilient communities. When you have these capacities, you have the power to predict, plan, prepare, and practice,” Gordon said.
The 72nd anniversary of the PRC highlights the theme “#Resilience: Humanitarian responders over the years,” which celebrates over seven decades of empowering communities to rise up from the impact of calamities.
Aside from community resilience, the theme also recognizes Red Cross volunteers, staff, partners, and donors who have served as the backbone of PRC since it was founded in 1947.
‘Red Cross shines’
PRC history started as early as 1899 upon the suggestion of one of the country’s national heroes, Apolinario Mabini, under the leadership of Mrs. Hilaria Del Rosario Aguinaldo, wife of then president Emilio Aguinaldo. The organization applied with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland to be recognized as an independent society. It was finally constituted on April 15, 1947 at the Malacanan Palace grounds in an impressive ceremony and Mrs. Aurora Aragon Quezon was the very first chairman of Philippine Red Cross.
To date, PRC has cemented its role as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country—offering services in the fields of disaster management, safety, health, welfare, blood, Red Cross Youth, and volunteer.
PRC, guided by its formula “Volunteers + Logistics + Information Technology,” has innovated to become a formidable Red Cross Society—with a pool of 2 million volunteers, 104 chapters, 150 ambulances, its own humanitarian ship, and hundreds of response and rescue equipment.
It has received praises from national and international communities for its fast response to humanitarian concerns, such as the recent measles outbreak, water crisis, as well as typhoons Ompong (Mangkhut) and tropical depression Usman.
During the 10th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in November 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte lauded PRC, led by Gordon, for its active role in humanitarian efforts, disaster reduction, and relief.
“This is where the Red Cross shines. Always first and always there to help the people affected by the situation and always ready to do what is needed—to stay until the work is done and people regain their stability; a true example of community engagement for the common good,” Duterte said in his address.
“This would not be possible without the support of our volunteers, our partners from the Red Cross and Red Crescent community—the IFRC, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and partner National Societies, as well as our corporate sponsors,” Gordon said.
The Philippine Red Cross is all set for #SemanaSanta2019 deploying 2000 staff and volunteers and 150 ambulances nationwide to provide first aid assistance and to respond to any emergency cases that may arise.
“We put up our welfare desks in different strategic places to accommodate the travelers’ inquiries and concerns. These desks will be in operation for the entire holy week. Our goal is to make sure our countrymen are safe”, said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon.
PRC Chapters all over the country are on full alert. Various services offered are first aid, tracing assistance for people with missing companions or relatives, referral assistance and psychosocial support.
First aid stations, welfare desks, emergency vehicles and ambulances are positioned in 34 bus terminals, 42 major highways, 54 churches, 13 beach areas and 9 sea ports. There are also stations in parks, pilgrimage areas and other destinations.
In 2018, PRC helped a total of 8,844 people nationwide. PRC staff and volunteers were on duty to serve everyone who needed help.
For a peaceful voyage, these are the driving tips to ponder:
PRC’s 10 Road Safety Commitments:
I commit to:
1. Use a seatbelt / Child Car Seats
2. Wear a helmet on a motorcycle
3. Drive at a safe speed and distance suitable for the condition
4. Not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
5. Not use a mobile phone when driving
6. Be visible as a pedestrian or cyclist
7. Know and respect the highway codes
8. Maintain my vehicle in a good condition
9. Be licensed and trained for the vehicle drive
10. Know how to react in case of a crash
For emergency and any untoward incidents, contact our 24/7 Operations Center. Dial 143 or 790-23-00 for assistance.
AID POURED in for 1,217 families in Camarines Sur and Albay as the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided multipurpose cash grants to help them recover from the aftermath of Tropical Depression Usman, which ravaged the southern part of the country in December 2018.
On March 19, PRC, in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, distributed P3,500 each to 917 families from Brgy. San Miguel and Brgy. Ombao Polpog in the Municipality of Bula, Camarines Sur.
This was followed by the distribution of cash grants to 300 most affected families Brgy. Maynonong, Brgy. Naga, and Brgy. Sugod from the Municipality of Tiwi, Albay on March 20.
Chairman Richard Gordon said the cash grant empowers the beneficiaries to start anew following the devastation of Usman.
“The Red Cross never forgets. It’s been three months since Usman displaced thousands and we are still here to assure people that they will never walk alone. We are here to give them options,” Gordon said.
The distribution of multipurpose cash grant allows families to prioritize their immediate needs to recover from the impact of the disaster.
Data from the PRC Operations Center shows that Usman damaged over 5,000 houses in Camarines Sur and Albay. Landslides and flooding also resulted in agricultural and livelihood losses.
PRC first dispatched a “humanitarian caravan” composed of water tankers and rescue trucks during the height of Usman.
Staff and volunteers also spent the New Year providing search and rescue, relief, water, and welfare assistance to affected communities in Camarines Sur and Albay.
IT ONLY took a week for the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to address the immediate needs of hospitals and communities heavily affected by the water crisis in Metro Manila.
As of March 17, PRC has distributed 1,033,000 liters of clean and safe water to an estimated 43,000 individuals from Rizal Medical Center, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, East Avenue Medical Center, Mandaluyong City Medical Center, and the National Center for Mental Health.
PRC has also started to provide water in communities, including Brgy. Old Balara and Brgy. Culiat in Quezon City; Brgy. Highway Hills in Mandaluyong; and Brgy. Tumana and Brgy. Nangka in Marikina.
Chairman Richard Gordon said PRC earlier prioritized hospitals and medical institutions to ensure that medical services will not be interrupted.
“We received requests from different hospitals and we delivered immediately. The condition in crisis-affected hospitals has now improved, but we are still on standby as this may extend until June. We are now delivering water supply to barangays to prevent health concerns,” Gordon said.
Since March 11, a total of eight water tankers were deployed to deliver water in priority areas. PRC’s response to the water crisis is the fastest operations in the organization’s history.
Meanwhile, PRC raises concern over the improper storage of water, where the use of uncovered containers poses threats of acquiring diseases, such as diarrhea.
“Our water is safe for drinking. But when people use open containers, this can easily be contaminated. The use of proper storage, such as jerry cans with faucets, mitigates the risk of getting sick,” Gordon said.
We are calling on the public to help us help more.
You may support PRC’s response to the Metro Manila water crisis through the following bank accounts:
Banco De Oro
Account name: Philippine Red Cross
Peso account: 00-4530190938
Dollar account: 10-453-0039482
Swift code: BNORPHMM
Account name: Philippine Red Cross
Peso account: 151-7-15152434-2
Dollar account: 151-2-15100218-2
Swift code: MBTCPHMM
Landbank of the Philippines
Account name: Philippine Red Cross
Account number: 0561-095817
For more information, you may contact Rizza Genil at (02) 790-2410 or Shervi Corpuz at (02) 790-2413 or +639178348378.