The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Health Caravan reached Barangay San Isidro in Galas, Quezon City on March 27, 2022, and was able to serve 381 patients who came for treatment during the day.
A tri-partnership between the PRC, local governments, and together with beauty expert Ricky Reyes, the caravan is part of the PRC’s efforts to bring health services directly to the people, especially now that COVID restrictions on mobility and mass gatherings have been lifted. The caravan traveled to Rizal, Quezon City, Pasig, and Marikina from March 21 to 27, 2022.
Residents of Barangay San Isidro availed themselves of health consultations and free health kits (189 patients), health and hygiene education (93 clients), first aid training (18 trainees), COVID-19 vaccinations (12 persons), and blood glucose testing (54 patients). Hot meals were also served to those present.
“Patuloy na makikipag-ugnayan ang Philippine Red Cross sa LGUs [local government units] para makarating ang serbisyo sa ating mga kababayan,” PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon said.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) responds to G-Araneta, Brgy. Sto Domingo, Quezon City after a 2nd alarm fire broke out in a residential area last November 22, 2021, at 1 in the afternoon resulting in the injury of 1 individual.
PRC immediately deployed a fire truck, an ambulance, with 10 manpower to extinguish a fire that affected 120 houses and approximately 350 families.
PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon said that the public must practice their 4Ps principle—Predict, Plan, Prepare, Practice—to uphold the safety of every family in times of emergencies.
“Dapat lagi tayong handa sa lahat ng mga emergencies. Magiingat din tayo dahil marami ang nangyayaring sunog sa ngayon. Fire safety begins at home. Identify fire hazards in your household and plan out evacuation measures in case of fire emergencies,” Sen. Dick Gordon said.
PRC continues to assist the affected residents by serving ready-to-eat meals to 270 individuals. PRC also assists the residents of Maria Clara St. Barangka Drive, Mandaluyong, due to the recent fire incident that reached the 2nd alarm and affected 74 families through the distribution of face masks, jerry cans, blankets, and hygiene kits to 71 families.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) assures its readiness to supply water to critical establishments that could be affected by the impending water shortage in Metro Manila as the water level in Angat Dam nears critical level.
Chairman Richard Gordon gave orders to prepare PRC’s fleet of water tankers and water treatment equipment following National Water Resources Board (NWRB)’s announcement that Angat Dam’s water level continues to decline—down to 162.39 meters as of Monday.
“Just like last March, we are prepared to deploy our water tankers to supply water to most critical establishments, especially hospitals. We have 20 water tankers in Metro Manila that are capable of filling up high-pressure water systems,” Gordon said.
If the water level in Angat Dam dips further, PRC will prioritize hospitals to ensure that healthcare services will not be interrupted and to avoid health complications, such as sepsis, diarrhoea, and other hygiene-related diseases.
During the first wave of water crisis last March to April, PRC was able to supply 1,435,475 liters of clean and safe water to hospitals such as National Kidney and Transplant Institute, East Avenue Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, National Center for Mental Health, and Quirino Memorial Medical Center.
PRC also served affected communities, Brgy. Old Balara and Brgy. Culiat in Quezon City; Brgy. Nangka and Brgy. Tumana in Marikina; and Brgy. Addition Hills in Mandaluyong.
PRC is equally active in the provinces especially affected by dry spells, including Catanduanes, Iram (Olongapo), Cebu, Zamboanga, and Albay.