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Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said the education of the youth is the highest priority, as he directed PRC’s disaster management staff to send materials for the restoration of Burdeos National High School, which was badly damaged when Super Typhoon Karding made landfall in Burdeos on September 25.

Following PRC assessment teams’ report on Burdeos, PRC disaster management staff and volunteers delivered 150 CGI sheets and 10 plain sheets to the school on October 3, which the residents immediately installed. The community provided shelter tools and labor as its counterpart. 

“The education of our youth must not be allowed to wait because of any delay in the restoration of school facilities, especially in isolated areas in islands facing the Pacific Ocean,” Gordon elaborated.

Gordon reported that the school principal and other local stakeholders in Burdeos expressed appreciation for the foremost humanitarian organization’s timely response. “Lubos po ang aming pasasalamat sa agarang pagtugon ng Philippine Red Cross. Sa ngalan po ng mga guro at mga estudyante, aming pinaaabot ang taos-pusong pasasalamat kay Chairman Richard Gordon,” says Burdeos National High School principal, Ms. Marnita Banderada.

“Mabilis pong nakarating ang hinihingi naming yero, upang mapalitan itong aming bubungan, upang maayos po ang pag-aaral ng mga bata at ang pagtuturo ng mga guro, maging komportable po sila,” says Teacher Vanessa Avenilla.

Burdeos is one of the three municipalities comprising Polillo Island, which is prone to bear the brunt of tropical cyclones. The PRC assessment team reached Burdeos on September 28, three days after Karding made landfall. They continue to assess damage and needs in the town to provide relevant aid.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) yesterday delivered 150 CGI (corrugated galvanized iron) sheets and 10 plain sheets for Burdeos National High School, which was damaged as Super Typhoon Karding made its first landfall in Burdeos, Quezon, 25 September.

This fulfills the directive of PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon to focus recovery activities on schools and livelihood of famers and fisherfolk affected by the typhoon.

In Barangay Bonbon, Panukulan, Quezon, trained PRC staff and volunteers also facilitated child-friendly activities designed as psychological first aid (PFA) for 171 boys and girls. Thirty-eight men and women also availed themselves of PFA.

The PRC team prepositioned non-food items in Polillo Island consisting of 320 hygiene kits, 200 tarpaulins, 360 10-liter jerry cans, and three 20-kilo sacks of rice for distribution to the most vulnerable households.

PRC teams also distributed beneficiary cards in Barangays Umiray and Matawe in Dingalan, Aurora in preparation for aid distribution, made a courtesy call to the local government of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija, and assessed damage and needs in Barangays Nazareth and Pias in General Tinio.

As of 8:00 am today, 4 October 2022, PRC has reached at least 19 provinces and cities with humanitarian aid: Aurora, Bulacan, Laguna, Lucena City, Mandaluyong City, Manila City, Marikina City, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Olongapo City, Pampanga, Pasig City, Pateros, Quezon City, Quezon province, Rizal, Romblon, Tarlac, and Valenzuela City. PRC provided the following humanitarian aid: hot meals (4,799 individuals), bread and other food items (1,824 families), masks (2,427 pieces), psychological first aid (425 men and women), psychological first aid for children (409 boys and girls), hygiene lecture-demonstrations (54 persons), first aid (7 individuals), assisting people to evacuate (54), clearing of debris (Barangay Antutot, Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya), flushing/clearing (two Marikina schools), and CGI/plain sheets (160 pieces).

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