In continuation of its humanitarian efforts to alleviate the sufferings of communities severely affected by Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) when it struck the country in September 2022, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will deliver cash assistance, amounting to Php 22, 895, 000, to 4, 579 affected families in five Karding-hit provinces in Luzon today, 15 February. This is in addition to the Php 8, 383, 705 worth of humanitarian assistance the PRC has provided to Karding-affected areas since September 2022.
“Just like what I said before, we are everywhere. PRC will continue to do more than usual. Hindi natin pababayaan ang ating mga kababayan na lubhang naapektuhan ng Super Typhoon Karding. Malaking tulong para sa kanila roon ang cash assistance na ating ibibigay para mapunan ang kanilang pang araw-araw na pangangailangan at sa kanilang pagsisimulang muli. I’ll deploy our PRC staff and volunteers in those provinces affected by Karding to ensure that our fellow Filipinos will be given financial support for their recovery” said by PRC Chairman and CEO Mr. Richard J. Gordon.
PRC volunteers and staff will reach 1, 123 families in the municipalities of Burdeos, Panukulan, and Patnanungan in Quezon Province, 1, 184 families in Gapan City, General Tinio, Penaranda, and San Leonardo in Nueva Ecija, 476 in San Miguel, Bulacan, 996 in Dingalan and San Luis in Aurora, and 800 in Pura and Victoria in Tarlac. Each household will be granted a one-time Multipurpose Cash Grant (MPGC) of Php 5,000 to support their recovery, especially the rice farmers as planting season nears.
This initiative is supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) as part of its Karding Operation.
After today’s distribution, PRC will have given more than Php 31 million worth of humanitarian aid to families affected by ST Karding. The PRC has provided the following humanitarian assistance to communities affected by Karding since September 2022: 5,961 hotmeals, psychological first aid to 909 people, hygiene promotion to 494 individuals, child friendly spaces to 946 children, 2,490 face masks, 1,144 jerry cans, 514 sleeping kits, and 1,012 hygiene kits. As part of PRC Chairman Gordon’s recovery activities on schools, the PRC also delivered 960 CGI (corrugated galvanized iron) sheets and 48 plain sheets to eight damaged schools in Quezon Province such as Burdeos National High School, Mabini High School, Bonifacio High School, Calutcot High School, Carlagan Elementary School, Katakian Elementary School, Bukal Elementary School, and Apad Elementary School.
Days after Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) ravaged the provinces of Quezon, Aurora, and swaths of Central Luzon, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensifies its help to the most severely affected communities, focusing on those whose schools were destroyed and where farmers and fisherfolk lost their livelihood.
“Magbibigay tayo ng Php5,000.00 cash sa mga tao doon at mga non-food items din,” Gordon said. (PRC will also provide Php5,000.00 cash as well as non-food items to the affected people there.)
“Sa Burdeos, Polillo Islands, nakita namin ‘yung nagibang eskwelahan doon, sa Burdeos National High School. Bukas magpapadala na kami ng tulong doon. Sabi ko unahin nyo na ‘yung eskwelahan para ‘yung mga bata doon makapasok at makapag-aral. Magpapadala kami ng mga yero doon, at mag-hire tayo ng mga local na karpintero, upang magawa ‘yung eskwelahan ng mga bata,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon. (In Burdeos, Polillo Islands, we saw the Burdeos National High School destroyed. Tomorrow,
PRC will send help there. I told my staff to prioritize the school so that the children can go back to school. We will send CGI sheets there and hire local carpenters to repair the school.)
PRC will also send printers and school supplies to Burdeos National High School.
Gordon emphasized that the Red Cross will provide assistance to the farmers who lost their crops, the fisherfolk who lost their boats, and the thousands of families whose houses were destroyed by Karding. PRC will give cash assistance to the more than 1,000 farmers and fisherfolk affected in Polillo Islands, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, and Tarlac. For those who lost their houses, the PRC will distribute tarpaulin in the meantime, while CGI sheets and shelter tool kits are being prepared for dispatch.
“Sa mga nagibang mga bahay, magbibigay muna kami ng mga tarpaulin, kasi ‘yung mga yero na ibibigay ay mabibigat, so pansamantala ‘yung mga tarpaulin muna. Pero may yero na darating; at kapag nagbibigay kami ng mga yero, may kasamang martilyo, lagari, pako — lahat na — kumpleto ‘yan, para magkaroon agad ng cover ang mga tao,” Gordon elaborated. (For those whose houses were destroyed, we will give tarpaulins temporarily, because the CGI sheets we will give are heavy; that’s why in the meantime, it will be the tarpaulins first. But CGI sheets will arrive, and when we give CGI sheets, they come with a hammer, saw, nails — everything — that is complete, so that the people will immediately have a cover.)
The country’s foremost humanitarian organization will also give psychological first aid to the children and adults who were traumatized by the wrath of Karding.
“Noong nag-iikot ang Assessment Team ng Red Cross, maraming tao, hindi lang mga bata, pati ang mga matatanda, ang umiiyak. Na-trauma ‘yang mga yan, kaya napakaimportante ng psychosocial support. Malaki ang trauma kasi kapag tinamaan ka ng malakas na bagyo, na akala mo mamamatay ka na,” added Gordon. (When PRC Assessment Teams were going around, there were a lot of people, not just children, but also adults, who were crying. They show signs of trauma; that is why psychosocial support is very important. The trauma is serious when a strong typhoon hits you, when you think you might die.)
Gordon: PH Red Cross Does More Than The Usual, Responds to Provinces Hit By Karding
“We are everywhere. The PRC is doing more than the usual in ensuring that communities affected are given immediate help and lifelines restored,” Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided initial help to people affected by Super Typhoon Karding today, 26 September 2022. Following the impact of Karding, PRC served hot meals to more than 1,000 evacuees in Baseco Compound, Manila City; Bagong Silangan Elementary School, Quezon City; Marikina Elementary School and Concepcion Elementary School, Marikina City; Louis Francisco Elementary School, Valenzuela City; Infanta National High School, Quezon; Barangay Pansol, Pila, Laguna; Pakil Elementary School, Pakil, Laguna; Barangay Pinagbayanan, Mabitac, Laguna; and Siniloan Elementary School, Siniloan, Laguna.
PRC volunteers and staff transported evacuees from evacuation centers in Marikina City to return to their homes. The PRC team also helped clear closed evacuation areas and river parks. PRC’s welfare team set up a First Aid station and a Welfare Desk at the evacuation center in Valenzuela City. The PRC Quezon-Lucena Chapter also set up a Welfare Desk with a generator set, where people can charge their mobile devices for free at the evacuation center in Infanta National High School.
Teams have been deployed to Polillo Island and the Quezon-Lucena area, Bulacan, and Antique to conduct more in-depth assessment of provinces in the cyclone’s path to determine their needs. A payloader will also be deployed today to help with clearing operations in Barangay Antutot, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya. Trained personnel will conduct psychological first aid to adults and children in the Infanta National High School evacuation center.
Karding made landfalls in the vicinity of Burdeos, Quezon and Dingalan, Aurora yesterday, 25 September.