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Saturday, 04 November 2017 16:27

Philippine Red Cross Assists Nearly 6,000 in Annual Undas Ops

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) catered to the needs of 5,993 individuals in this year’s Undas operations, which ran from October 28 to November 2.

 A total of 940 volunteers from PRC’s 70 chapters braved heavy rainfall brought by tropical depression Ramil to man 195 first aid stations nationwide.

 “Once again, PRC lived up to its objective of upholding the safety of thousands of Filipinos who visited their loved ones in cemeteries across the country. I commend all Red Cross volunteers who remained on duty during the holidays,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

OplanUndas 2017 operations covered 278 cemeteries all over the country, as well as terminals, major roads, ports, churches, and beaches.PRC also deployed 51 ambulance services and welfare desks.First-aid stations monitored blood pressure of over 4,832 individuals and treated 223 patients who sustained major and minor injuries such as abrasion, laceration,laceration, dizziness, loss of consciousness, seizure, and hypertension.PRC ambulances transported 27 patients for cases like emergency child birth, epigastric pain, and various body pains.Volunteers and staff also provided welfare assistance to 911 individuals.

“The success of this year’s Undas operations mirrors the smooth coordination between Red Cross’ chapters and the ability to respond to incidents immediately,” Gordon said.

 Prior to the holidays, PRC also released road safety tips that served as a guideline for motorists to prevent road accidents.This year’s efforts strengthened PRC’s commitment to uphold public safety and to address emergencies as Filipinos observe Undas traditions annually.

To know more about Red Cross’ first-aid and safety programs, you may visit the PRC website at or like its Facebook page at @phredcross.