Pledges of monetary and logistical support have started pouring in after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) issued an appeal for assistance in its sworn mission to “provide hope to the most vulnerable” communities affected by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut).
Even though Typhoon Ompong has left the country, the Philippine Red Cross remained on the ground to rescue and provide relief to communities devastated by the typhoon’s path.
Richard Gordon, chairman of the country’s foremost humanitarian organization, said there would be not letup even after the Philippines is now out of harm’s way.
As of 7 a.m., Tuesday, PRC provided 8,394 individuals with hot meals and rendered psycho-social support to 1,687 persons. Biscuits were handed out to 3,726 individuals and bottled water to 89 individuals.
Not all heroes wear capes, some wear Red Cross uniforms.
Once again, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) humanitarian workers have proven that it would take more than strong winds and heavy rains to crush their determination to deliver service to the most vulnerable.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deployed a “humanitarian caravan” consisting of rescue and relief vehicles from its National Headquarters in Mandaluyong in anticipation of the impact of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) in Northern Luzon provinces.
The mobilization of the assessment and rescue teams follows Chairman Richard Gordon’s directives to augment the operations in the affected areas, especially in the Northern Luzon.
Manila, 12 September 2018 – Red Cross teams have been placed at the highest level of alert as communities in Northern Luzon in the Philippines brace for Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong). Mangkhut is expected to make landfall Saturday morning of 15 September.
Chairman Richard Gordon’s vision to modernize the Philippine Red Cross (PRC)’s Operations Center (OpCen) and fleet of rescue vehicles gets a needed push after the successful visit of President Rodrigo Duterte to the organization’s Israeli counterpart, Magen David Adom (MDA) last September 4.
At least 5,000 residents of Virac, Catanduanes are now assured of having a supply of safe drinking water after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided interventions, upon the orders of Senator Richard J. Gordon, to avert a looming water crisis in the province’s capital resulting from an extended dry spell.
Providing access to water for drinking, sanitation and personal hygiene to communities affected by disasters and other emergencies is now a reality after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) received a mobile water desalination vehicle from Pass It Forward Foundation and the Embassy of Israel.
THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) reaffirmed its commitment to provide end-to-end support to communities affected by disasters and calamities as it distributed household items to 500 families hit by Habagat-induced flooding in Calasiao, Pangasinan last August 9.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon, who led the distribution at the Songkoy Elementary School, said the basic household items, which include hygiene kits, sleeping kits and jerry cans, can help the Habagat survivors start anew after being displaced by heavy flooding due to Tropical Depression Josie and monsoon rains last month.
A ray of hope reached the people of Marawi after the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) gave household livelihood assistance to selected barangays displaced by the fighting.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon personally travelled to the capital of Lanao del Sur to personally convey the mission of the country’s foremost humanitarian organization: To be there for Filipinos who are in need even after the calamity has ended and long after the world has stopped watching.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)’s rescue and relief teams remain on the ground to provide assistance in areas affected by flooding and landslides due to monsoon rains and tropical depression Josie, which has now exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon directed staff and volunteers to remain on high alert as heavy rainfall continues to affect Metro Manila, Zambales, Pampanga, Tarlac, Batangas, Bataan, and Cavite.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensifies its advocacy to shift information dissemination to proactive involvement and action by empowering communities, schools and workplaces to be prepared ahead, as well as reminds the public to be equipped with necessary lifeline kits to cope with the increasing number of natural and man-made disasters.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) turned over another 650shelters for Yolanda survivors in the town of Sta. Fe, Leyte as part of the organization’s commitment to the ongoing Yolanda recovery program.
During the ceremonial turnover at the Sta. Fe Municipal Gymnasium on Friday, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said the new shelters would ensure the resilience of Yolanda-affected families to future disasters.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will provide temporary learning facilities for the students of Albay to address the need for temporary learning spaces as Mayon Volcano eruption continues to threaten and disruptclasses in the province.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon announced it during the turnover and demonstration set up of the tents that will serve as temporary classrooms, which were donated by the Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS)on Thursday at the PRC Multipurpose Hall and Logistics Center.
As the number of individuals displaced by Mayon’s looming eruption rises, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide humanitarian assistance, such as the construction of latrines in evacuation centers, to ensure the safety and well-being of affected families.
The PRC has begun the construction of 10 latrines in various evacuation centers in the municipalities of Guinobatan and Malilipot to maintain proper hygiene and sanitation amid the ongoing unrest of Mayon volcano, which remains placed under Alert Level 4.
The Turkish Red Crescent Society turned over a donation worth P3,298,312 to the Philippine Red Cross, in support of the ongoing relief operations in Bukidnon and Lanao Del Sur, which are among the 23 provinces hit by Tropical Storm Vinta.
The donation will be used to provide food packs to 4,600 families in the municipalities of Kitao-Kitao and San Fernando in Bukidnon and the municipalities of Magdalum and Tugaya in Lanao Del Sur.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)advised the affected communities to be vigilant on the health hazards of volcanic ash to human health as alert level 4 was raised over Mayon Volcano in Legazpi, Albay.
According to PRC Health Services, exposure to falling ash may cause a number of health problems especially respiratory illnesses such as nose and throat irritation, coughing, bronchitis-like illness, and discomfort while breathing. Eye irritation and minor skin problems are also among the bad effects of exposure to volcanic ash.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) led by its Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon held a consultative meeting with the European Union (EU) ambassadors to discuss how they can contribute to save and uplift the lives of those suffering from recent disasters that hit country.
Gordon toured the EU ambassadors at the PRC Operations Center and highlighted the priority needs of those suffering from recent disasters such as the destructive storm Vinta, which hit Mindanao and Palawan last month.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has taken the Filipino tradition of giving “aguinaldo” during the Christmas season to a higher level as it provided cash grants on top of relief items to families hit by Typhoon Vinta (Tembin), which affected over 500,000 individuals in 23 provinces.
To further alleviate the suffering of families displaced by mudslides and flashfloods, the PRC initially distributed P3,000 cash grants to 134 families in Lanao Del Norte, where more than a hundred homes were wiped out.
The Philippine Red Cross(PRC) appealed for humanitarian aid to help the more than 500,000 people affected by Typhoon Vinta (Tembin), which hit 23 provinces in the Philippines before Christmas day.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon made the appeal as figures on the number of deaths and missing people from the flashfloods and landslides that struck parts of Mindanao continue to rise in the wake of ‘Vinta’.