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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Undas 2022 Operations remained on full alert from 28 October to 2 November amid intense emergency operations for victims of Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae), which made landfall on 29 October. PRC’s volunteers and staff provided medical assistance to 3, 323 individuals in bus terminals, seaports, airports, highways, memorial parks, and selected thoroughfares.

“Tunay na maaasahan ang mga volunteers at staff ng Philippine Red Cross sa kahit na anong oras at pagkakataon. I applaud our staff and volunteers who helped our kababayans during the commemoration of Undas,” Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said.

The total number of individuals who received medical assistance includes those who experienced minor and major health concerns. Medical care was provided to 150 individuals who experienced dizziness, abrasion, chest pain, headache, hyperventilation, body weakness, and bleeding, 11 of whom were transferred to health facilities for further medical attention. In addition to 3, 116 individuals who underwent blood pressure tests, 12 individuals also received blood sugar monitoring service and wheelchair assistance. Meanwhile, 21 people underwent the Psychosocial Support Program (PSP).

“The All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are about to end. We expect many people to return to Manila just in time for tomorrow’s work day [02 November]. This might mean accidents on the road or at sea,” Chairman Gordon said in a statement on Wednesday, 01 November.

On 01 November, Chairman Gordon directed all PRC Chapters to be on standby to deploy ambulances with trained Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel on every major roads (NLEX, SCTEX, and SLEX), expressways, airports, and seaports following the expected increase of motorists and commuters returning on the city this week.

In addition to medical assistance, PRC, through its Quezon City Chapter, deployed a Bakuna Bus at Holy Cross Memorial Park, Barangay San Bartolome, Quezon City, and administered a total of 43 Covid-19 vaccines to visiting families: (42) Adult Booster and (1) Pedia Booster.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is preparing its medical assets and services to accommodate the anticipated increase of people in bus terminals, seaports, airports, highways, memorial parks, and selected thoroughfares following the easing of travel restrictions and reopening of cemeteries on All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day.

PRC will start its operation as early as Friday and will continue until Wednesday, 02 November to provide medical care to motorists and commuters visiting cities and provinces and ensure their safety.

“Nakahanda ang ating mga volunteers, staff, ambulances at first aid stations para samahan ang ating mga kababayan na uuwi at dadalawin ang kanilang mga yumaong mahal sa buhay. Naka standby rin ang ating mga chapters at relief operations sa pagdating ni bagyong Paeng,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon.

PRC will mobilize 1,104 trained first aid volunteers and 222 staff nationwide. Two hundred seventeen (217) first aid stations and 62 ambulances with first aid stations will be set up and positioned in 235 cemeteries nationwide as well as on major highways (Abra, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Northern Luzon Expressway, Sta Rosa Laguna, Davao Del Sur, Surigao Del Sur, Valenzuela Mcarthur Highway), bus stations, seaports, and airport for fast deployment in any untoward situation.

Meanwhile, PRC Chapters are on standby and prepared to provide relief and medical assistance following the report of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) that tropical depression Paeng is projected to reach typhoon category by Saturday, 30 October.

PRC volunteers and staff are continuously reminding the public to strictly follow minimum public health standards on Covid-19, which entails wearing face masks, physical distancing, and proper washing of hands. Most cemeteries will require fully vaccinated individuals 12 years old and above.

PRC Safety Reminders:

• Use a seatbelt.

• Wear a helmet on a motorcycle.

• Drive at a safe speed and distance suitable for the conditions.

• Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• Do not use a mobile phone while driving.

• Know and respect the highway code.

• Maintain the vehicle in good condition.

• Be visible as a pedestrian or a cyclist.

• Know how to react in case of a crash.

• Wear loose cotton shirts.

• Avoid bringing small children to a cemetery, if necessary, put a small piece of paper with their name and contact details in case they might get lost

• If under medication, don’t forget to bring your medicines

• Avoid bringing easily spoiled food

• Don’t forget to bring drinking water, fans, face towels, and umbrellas to avoid dehydration

• Remember “BLOW BAGETS” (Breaks, Lights, Oil, Water, Batteries, Air, Gas, Engine, Tires, Self)

For emergencies and any untoward incidents, contact PRC 24/7 Operations Center, dial 143 or 8790-23-00.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is taking no chances this Halloween break as it goes full blast in its UNDAS 2021 operations even if most local governments have closed cemeteries to avoid the build-up of crowds and lessen the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

Every year, PRC deploys first aid stations and ambulance teams to cemeteries nationwide through its local chapters to provide emergency medical care to the public during the Undas break.

From October 25 to October 29, PRC Chapters nationwide has already provided emergency medical care to 464 individuals suffering from high blood pressure, minor wounds, dizziness, fainting, and lacerations.

“Nuong bago magpandemic, ang Red Cross ay laging naka-station sa mga sementeryo dahil sa pagdagsa ng mga tao. Hindi natin tinigil ang taunan pagbibigay ng serbisyo na yan tuwin Undas, kahit na may pandemya. Ang importante, may magibibgay ng paunang lunas kung sakaling kailangan ng ating mga kababayan ang emergency medical care,” said PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.

The Philippine Red Cross Safety Services, the department handling the nationwide first aid station and ambulance team, says that deployment this UNDAS 2021 will be until November 5. –

As COVID-19 restrictions slowly ease up in the country, the Philippine Red Cross(PRC) reminds everyone not to be complacent and continue to follow all protocols especially in this season of Undas.

With the country’s observance of Undas beginning as early as October 31, the humanitarian organization advises the public to continue following the Prevent-Detect-Isolate-Treat-Reintegrate (PDITR) policies of the government most especially if one is not fully vaccinated yet.

“Kailangan patuloy tayong mag ingat lagi kahit na bakunado ka na upang mas maging protektado ang ating sarili, ang ating pamilya, at ang ating komunidad kontra COVID-19, emphasized Chairman and CEO Senator Dick Gordon.

“Even if there is now an ease in restrictions, it would still be best to stay at home if possible this Undas especially if one is not vaccinated to avoid the large number of people who wish to spend the long weekend by visiting their loved ones’ graves in cemeteries or traveling out of town for a holiday,” added Gordon.

According to Gordon, it is important to be mindful of this pandemic to keep ourselves safe. He reminds the public that especially when you are out in public, traveling, or in a gathering, one should always take note of; hand hygiene, wearing face masks properly, regularly washing and/or disinfecting your hands especially before and after eating and using the toilet, respect for physical distancing, and the maintenance of respiratory etiquette.

He adds that at the same time, it is a must to arm yourself with information by always keeping yourself updated. Last but not least, it is very important to always be transparent, “Dapat lagi tayo maging tapat upang maging safe ang lahat. Mahalagang magsalita ng maayos sa iyong mga kasama lalo na sa panahon ng pandemya upang maayos na maipatupad ang lahat ng mga patakaran.”

PRC gears up preparation for Undas

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will mobilize 156 ambulances and more than 1, 700 staff and volunteers nationwide in the observance of All Saints and All Souls Days.

PRC will set up 168 first aid stations and 120 welfare desks in 147 cemeteries and memorial parks as well as to major highways including North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Tarlac – Pangasinan La Union Expressway (TPLEX), Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), ports and bus terminals, and beaches.

There will be 39 roving and 117 standby ambulances deployed in strategic places while foot patrollers will be positioned in hard to reach areas like cemetery alleys.

“As always, PRC is in full operation to accommodate everyone, especially our kababayans who will be going home to their respective provinces to visit their departed loved-ones. We want to ensure their safety”, said Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon.

Philippine Red Cross functions as a “voluntary, independent and autonomous non-governmental society auxiliary to the authorities of the Republic of the Philippines in the humanitarian field.”

Since its founding 72 years ago, PRC has been serving humanity in the areas of disaster management, blood collection and dispensing, welfare, safety, health and hygiene. It also maintains a corps of volunteers and trained youth.

PRC Safety Reminders: • Use a seatbelt. • Wear a helmet on a motorcycle. • Drive at a safe speed and distance suitable for the conditions. • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. • Do not use a mobile phone while driving. • Know and respect the highway code. • Maintain vehicle in good condition. • Be visible as a pedestrian or a cyclist. • Know how to react in case of a crash. • Wear loose cotton shirts. • Avoid bringing small children in a cemetery, if necessary, put a small piece of paper with their name and contact details in case they might get lost • If under medication, don’t forget to bring your medicines • Avoid bringing easily spoil food • Don’t forget to bring drinking water, fans, face towels and umbrellas to avoid dehydration • Remember “BLOW BAGETS” (Breaks, Lights, Oil, Water, Batteries, Air, Gas, Engine, Tires, Self)

For emergency and any untoward incidents, contact our 24/7 Operations Center, dial 143 or 8790-23-00.

Philippine Red Cross

Born officially in 1947, but with roots that traces back to the revolutionary days, the Philippine Red Cross has truly become the premier humanitarian organization in the country, committed to provide quality life-saving services that protect the life and dignity especially of indigent Filipinos in vulnerable situations.

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