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QRCS First Humanitarian Organization to Reach Surigao City in Philippines

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February 15th , 2017 ― Doha: In response to the deadly earthquake that hit Mindanao, the Philippines, on Friday, Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) has allocated $40,000 from its Contingency Fund for a quick relief intervention.

A team of QRCS's Mission in the Philippines was sent to conduct impact assessment and prepare a humanitarian plan to help the victims of the earthquake.

Over a week, the team would make field assessments of the damage, identify intervention priorities, evaluate the available resources, and provide aid for the affected populations based on the results of assessment.

Coordination meetings were held with partners, the local community, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) in the City of Surigao, local charities, and representatives of government authorities.

They are working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the Philippine Red Cross.

A 6.7-magnitude earthquake killed at least eight people and injured 200 in the City of Surigao, southeastern Philippines. More than 1,100 houses were damaged, as well as an airport runway, a main bridge, and water/power supply networks. Many residents resorted to public parks, in anticipation of possible aftershocks.

The basic needs currently on the list include emergency shelter, food and nonfood aid, water and sanitation, and health care. Longer-term needs are house restoration and livelihood generation.

As the first Arab relief provider to work in the country, QRCS has had a foothold in the Philippines since 2012. Its mission conducted several humanitarian responses to major natural disasters, at a total cost of more than $5 million.

Examples of these interventions are Tropical Storm Washi (2012) and Typhoon Haiyan (2013).

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About Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS)

Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.

QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 190 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS's humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

For more information, please contact Fareed Adnan, Head of Media Affairs, Communication Department, Tel.: +974 5583 7338, email: fareed@qrcs.org.qa.