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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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