The Philippine Red Cross has set up medical field tent (rubhall) in Cateel and one unit of Advanced Medical Post (that can do minor surgery) in Baganga, Davao Oriental to serve as emergency health stations for hundreds of injured persons who were hit by fallen trees and flying objects during the height of typhoon Pablo.
Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon led Sunday relief distribution of food items in areas worst hit by typhoon Pablo in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley to personally witness and assess the situation on the ground and talk to affected families about their priority needs and how the Red Cross can help.
"It is important to talk to people to feel their sufferings and comfort them the best way we can," Gordon said.
The Philippine Red Cross went full swing in responding to the humanitarian needs of the typhoon affected families as more extensive damage emerged with the rise of death toll to 223 and the reported missing to 376, following detailed assessment by the Red Cross emergency teams composed of more than 200 staff and volunteers.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) staff and volunteers in Metro Manila and in other affected areas in Luzon are continuously bringing humanitarian assistance – from rescue, relief to medical.
Since the hype of flooding, more than 900 staff and volunteers were mobilized for rescue, relief and medical operations.
A total of 5,167 individuals were rescued by PRC Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) teams in Quezon City, Valenzuela, Rizal, Manila, Navotas, Caloocan and Cavite.
The Philippine Red Cross has stepped up its rescue and relief operations for flood-stricken families rescuing a total of 7,525 persons and assisting in the evacuation of more than 200,000 individuals with the help of Red Cross 143 volunteers. Persons rescued were from Valenzuela, Rizal, Caloocan, Manila and other affected areas.
The Quezon City Red Cross assisted in the search and rescue of the victims of the landslides in Commonwealth where three persons were given first aid and transported to nearby hospital.
The Philippine Red Cross is responding around the clock to the worsening flood situation in Metro Manila and nearby provinces triggered by continuous southwest monsoon rains, prompting hundreds of families to evacuate to higher grounds.
The Red Cross Emergency Response Teams have so far rescued a total of 250 persons in various flood-stricken areas in Valenzuela, Rizal and Quezon City.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is now on full swing responding to disaster as southwest monsoon rains continue to bring more floods in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.
PRC Valenzuela Chapter Emergency Response Unit (ERU) rescued four persons from drowning in R. Jacinto West Riverside. Hot meals were also provided to 32 affected families.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has responded to typhoon Gener (international code name Saola) that has hit the country over the weekend.
PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon has directed PRC operation center at the PRC headquarters and all chapters affected to monitor the situation round the clock and provide all necessary humanitarian assistance needed by the affected families.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement over the weekend with five hospitals in Lapu-Lapu City to further strengthen disaster response and actions, especially during mass casualty incidents.
This brings to a total of 26 hospitals nationwide that have signed a similar Memorandum of Agreement with the Philippine Red Cross headed by Chairman Richard Gordon.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has stepped up its response to public health emergencies with the reported increasing cases of diarrhea in Catanduanes, as well as the increasing cases of dengue in several areas in the country, including Metro Manila.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon urged all chapters in the affected areas to remain vigilant and mobilize all resources and Red cross 143 volunteers in every barangay to contain further spread of both killer diseases.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is on full alert, ready to roll out its disaster action plan, as the country braces itself for the fury of typhoon Butchoy (international code name Guchol) that has threatened the country and likely to hit Eastern Visayas and Northern Luzon.
PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon, has directed PRC operation center at the PRC headquarters and all chapters affected to monitor the situation round the clock, preposition all their emergency response vehicles and equipment, as well as relief supplies, and alert their Red Cross 143 volunteers on the ground.
A total of 5,000 families and over 4,000 students who were affected by typhoons Pedring and Quiel in September last year in the northern provinces of Isabela and Quirino were benefited by the rehabilitation projects of the Philippine Red Cross.
PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon led the turn over of the renovated health facilities and water system, as well as classrooms to local authorities in the provinces.
The Philippine Red Cross has intensified its health education and information drive following the reported prevalence of dengue cases in several areas in the country, including Metro Manila.
The Department of Health (DOH) monthly disease surveillance report cited that at least 22,113 dengue cases with 128 deaths have been recorded in different sentinel hospitals across the country from January to April 28, 2012. The said reported cases were 17.21 percent lower compared to the same period last year, when the DOH registered 26,709 in 2011.
Officials of the Philippine Red Cross and Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the latter's support for the PRC's projects for the affected families of tropical storm Washi ("Sendong") which hit the country last December. Among the components of the MOU concerns the QRCS' donation of two Advance Medical Post (AMP) units to the PRC.
The Philippine Red Cross is on full alert in the wake of the series of earthquakes of various magnitude that hit some parts of Western Visayas and Mindanao at around 12 noon today (February 6, 2011) causing some residents to panic specially when the tsunami alerts were raised earlier by Philippine Volcanology in coastal areas.
Latest report said all tsunami alerts have been lifted by Philvolcs.
The Philippine Red Cross is set to reduce the impact of disasters, climate change, public health emergencies, illnesses and other situations of violence for affected families and communities within the next five years beginning this year.
This is the goal of the Red Cross for 2012-2016 as it defines its strategic direction towards its vision to be the foremost humanitarian organization in the Philippines, in services provided and number of people served.
A Philippine Red Cross water distribution point in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao. Typhoon Washi caused serious disruptions to the city's water supply, which is having an impact on local health.
An outbreak of the deadly bacteria Leptospirosis has highlighted the dramatic and ongoing needs of the tens of thousands of people in northern Mindanao who were displaced and affected by Typhoon Washi.
The European Union Head of Delegation Ambassador Guy Ledoux, together with Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon, PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, and the IFRC Country Representative in the Philippines Selvaratnam Sinnadurai will visit Red Cross implementation sites of European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) project in Cagayan de Oro this week.
The ECHO project in Cagayan de Oro will run for 3 months focusing on relief operations and hygiene promotion.