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Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon reports that from December 2021 to September 2022, the PRC will have distributed more than Php455 million in humanitarian and development aid to Visayas and Mindanao. The figure represents only the cost of the humanitarian organization’s TY Odette response, TD Agaton response, and Peace and Development Project in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PDBARMM). It does not include PRC’s other response operations and development projects in Visayas and Mindanao, such as its Covid-19 response.

“Mula noong bumagsak ang bagyong Odette noong December 2021, hanggang sa darating na September, tayo ay makakapamahagi na ng Php455 million na tulong sa Mindanao at Visayas. Namigay kami ng shelter assistance, hot meals, tubig, food and non-food items, psychological support, cash, at iba pa. At mula ngayong linggo, mamimigay ulit kami ng cash, shelter, at livelihood assistance,” Gordon shared.       

In partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the German Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross, and European Union, PRC kicked off yesterday, August 24, its response, recovery, and development project distribution activities that will last until the third week of September.

Yesterday, the PRC provided cash and emergency shelter assistance to more than 400 families affected by Typhoon Odette in San Francisco and Pintuyan towns in Southern Leyte. Each family received Php5,000.00, CGI (corrugated galvanized iron) sheets, and shelter tool kits. The humanitarian aid distribution makes a total of more than 6,000 Odette-affected families in Southern Leyte who have received cash and emergency shelter assistance from the PRC since the typhoon made landfall on December 16, 2021.

The PRC team also went to Hilongos City yesterday and gave CGI sheets and shelter tool kits to 400 Odette-affected families. Earlier in the year, in March 2022, PRC granted cash assistance to 491 families in Hilongos.

In his message to the people of Southern Leyte, via Zoom, Gordon explained that other countries help the Philippines because the PRC also helps them. He added that the Filipinos have dignity and they receive help not because they are pitiful, but because they help themselves. “Masarap tulungan ang tumutulong sa sarili,” Gordon explained. “Kapag may mga ganyan [referring to disasters and emergencies], nag-a-appeal ako, nag-a-appeal po and Red Cross n’yo, at tumutulong ang iba’t-ibang bansa,” Gordon added.

PRC’s volunteers and staff then proceeded to Baybay City and provided cash assistance to 587 families severely affected by Tropical Depression Agaton, which caused heavy flooding and landslides in Baybay in April this year.

IFRC’s Head of Delegation in the Philippines, Alberto Bocanegra, praised the PRC via Zoom for its response to people affected by Odette and Agaton. “We are super proud of the work of the Philippine Red Cross, one of the most prominent National Societies worldwide — and of course the leadership of Chairman Gordon and Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla,” he said.

PRC’s cash, emergency shelter, and livelihood assistance distribution from August 24 to September 8 will also cover Palawan, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Cebu, Bohol, Dinagat Islands, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) heads to the Municipality of Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Maguindanao to distribute PHP 3,500 Multipurpose Cash Grant (MPCG) to 699 families, as part of the Peace and Development in BARMM project, on December 13, 2021.

PRC partners with the Spanish Red Cross, German Red Cross and is funded by the European Union which aims to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and address the immediate needs to foster the public healthcare system and socio-economic development of Bangsamoro Autonomous Religion in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The MPCG event was attended virtually by PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon and physically by Midtimbang, DAM Mayor Maryjoy Estephanie Uy, Vice-Mayor Datu Jomar U. Midtimbang, PRC Cotabato City – Maguindanao Chapter Chairwoman Ms. Bai Fatima Sinsuat, Chapter Administrator Rose Gayong, and executives from the local government unit and PRC local chapter.

Recently, PRC provided 3,500 cash assistance to 1,500 families, 10,000 livelihood assistance to 800 families, and skills training for youth to 100 individuals in Lanao Del Sur. Through the leadership of Sen. Gordon, PRC was able to provide PHP 10,000 livelihood assistance to 2,307 families during the Marawi Armed Conflict in 2018, provided emergency shelters to 3,792 families in the municipality of Saguiaran, Balo-i, Wawalayan Calocan, Guimba, and Bubong, Marawi.

“Tuloy tuloy ang ating pagtulong sa mga Muslim brothers sa Muslim Mindanao. Layunin natin ay maabot ang mga malalayong lugar upang matulungan ang mga most vulnerable groups. Kamakailan lang ay binuksan natin ang Cotabato Molecular laboratory, upang mapalakas ang ating laban kontra COVID-19,” Sen. Gordon said.

PRC will continue to be of service to serve the most vulnerable, truly abiding by its mantra to be always first, always ready, and always there.

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