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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.

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).

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.)

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