Despite reports that typhoon Maysak (Chedeng) weakened and has been downgraded from super typhoon into a typhoon, the Philippine Red Cross ensured that it is prepared for any eventuality that may arise as the typhoon makes a landfall.
PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said the Red Cross is still on alert and has ensured that preparations have been made in advance to cover any untoward incident that may happen.
A total of 1, 332 homes that were repaired and constructed by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Norwegian Red Cross were officially turned over to family beneficiaries from Balangiga and Luwaan, Eastern Samar on March 9, 2015. The shelter project is part of the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement’s recovery program for families and individuals who were affected by super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).
Husband and wife Pablito and Carmelita Taghap, 66 and 65 years old respectively, who live in Cahayag, Tubigon, Bohol were left homeless after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Central Visayas on October 15, 2013, totally damaged their house, along with the other homes and structures in their community. Without a place to go, the couple lived in a makeshift tent for a while, which made their situation very difficult especially when typhoon Yolanda struck Bohol the following month.
The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization, is ready to extend assistance to the people displaced by the clashes between Moro Islamic Liberation Front and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters along the border of North Cotabato and Maguindanao provinces.
The clashes started last Feb. 3 and have already led to the displacement of some 20,000 residents from at least two barangays in Pagalungan town and seven barangays in Pikit town.