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.
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.
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) 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 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.
Amidst the Christmas celebration, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) staff and volunteers continue to work double time, even if it means not spending Christmas with their respective families, to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the two recent storms Vinta and Urduja that devastated the Visayas and Mindanao.
PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said staff and volunteers from the 31 chapters in Mindanao and its National Headquarters are currently responding and closely monitoring the situation as Tropical Storm Vinta traverses the country.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) expressed its gratitude to the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines for its humanitarian aid amounting to USD 100,000 or P5.1-million that will benefit the families devastated by the recent Tropical Storm Urduja in the Visayas.
PRC Secretary General Atty. Oscar Palabyab personally received the donation from Chinese Embassy to the Philippines Counsellor Sun Yi at the PRC National Headquarters in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday.
Amid access dangers and difficulties, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deployed a humanitarian caravan that will provide much-needed assistance to Biliran province, one of the areas worst hit by Tropical Storm Urduja.
PRC Chairman Dick Gordon said it’s Christmas in a few days but its staff and volunteers are working hard to bring water and relief items to affected communities in the province.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) launched a 5-year developmental project in three of PRC chapters in Capiz, Antique and Aklan (CA- ANAK) to reduce health and disaster risks within its communities.
The project that kicked off on April 1, 2017 was spearheaded by the PRC’s Disaster Management and Health Services with the support from the Canadian Red Cross.
The Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) Health Services together with the PRC Cebu Chapter launched the Community Health and Hygiene Promotion Project (CHHP) in Northern Cebu on June 16, 2017 at Ala Mercedes Gold Course, in Medellin, Cebu.
The project seeks to continually address the need to improve access to public health service delivery for the most vulnerable communities to create healthier, safer and resilient communities.
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) handed over a Php 2 Million check to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) today, at the BSP Complex in Malate Manila.
PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon received the donation from BSP Governor Nestor Espenillas Jr. “Thank you Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for your trust in the Philippine Red Cross. PRC assured the BSP that their contribution shall go a long way in fulfilling its mission to alleviate human suffering and help the most vulnerable through its quality of volunteers, logistics, and information technology,” said Gordon.
To continue delivering humanitarian services, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) with the support from the International Federation of the Red Cross Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (IFRC DREF), an emergency operation was conducted to provide immediate assistance to the Filipino returnees from the state of Sabah in Malaysia.
As of July 14, 2017, more than 3,000 returnees have arrived in Zamboanga City since the crisis started on February 15. Most of the returnees are from the eastern part of Sabah such as Semporna, Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak, Sandakan-Romero and Sandakan-Kumunak.
The Israel Embassy officially turned over one million worth of basic equipment, medicines, and supplies to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), to support immediate needs of those affected by the Marawi conflict.
PRC, set up a basic health care unit in (BHCU) in Balo-i Lanao del Norte on June 8. Since basic health services are a major priority in the communities and evacuation centers affected by the conflict, the PRC has provided basic, preventive, and health care emergency treatment and medical supplies.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is appealing for donations to help more families affected by the ongoing armed clashes in Marawi City, which have displaced thousands of people.
According to PRC's Operations Center, 96 barangays have been affected by the clashes, causing more than 29,000 individuals to leave their homes and seek temporary comfort and safety in evacuation centers. Infrastructures such as houses, a school, church, and jail have also been damaged.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has stepped up its relief efforts for the people who have been displaced by the recent armed clashes in Marawi City. To date, PRC has provided hot meals and clean water, as well as other humanitarian aid such as psychosocial support, first aid, blood supply, and tracing services.
Eight evacuation centers in Lanao Del Norte and Iligan City are currently occupied by more than 2,000 families from Marawi City.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed ambulances, 6x6 truck, rescue vehicle, generator sets, Welfare teams, food and medical and family tents as part of its emergency and relief efforts for the magnitude 5.6 and 6.0 earthquakes that shook Mabini, Batangas, and nearby towns at 3:07 p.m. and 3:09 p.m., respectively, on April 8, 2017, Saturday.
Four days prior, on April 4, the province also experienced an earthquake, a magnitude 5.5 tremor with epicenter in Tingloy.