The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed ahumanitarian caravan loaded with relief goods and equipment that will help in the debris clearing operations and early recovery of Marawi, which has been torn by the armed conflict.
The humanitarian caravan, which consisted of fuel tanker, mobile kitchen, payloader, and truck loaded with 2,000 relief goods, left PRC’s national headquarters in Mandaluyong on Thursday morning to deliver the equipment and supplies to Marawi.
“True to our mission, we undertake these to uplift the dignity of the most vulnerable. With unified and determined action, we shall work as hard and as long as necessary to help Marawi and our fellow Filipinos rise from the rubble and ashes of the conflict,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.
The PRC has been continuously providing emergency and relief assistance to affected families on the ground since the crisis started five months ago.
The response, which was done with the help and support of the Red Cross Movement Partners and volunteers, is part of PRC’s commitment to provide humanitarianassistance and help families affected by the crisis in Marawi to rebuild their lives.
This is not the first time that the PRC sent a humanitarian caravan to Marawi. In August, the PRC through its local chapters also deployed its fleet of equipment and emergency relief supplies to support displaced families.
The PRC is also seeking financial aid for its Marawi recovery and rehabilitation plan which aims to provide shelter, livelihood, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene to families returning to Marawi.
“The road to full recovery and rehabilitation will not be easy. However, we have high hopes that our part in the rehabilitation will be speedy as long as we work together as a Red Cross Movement with a common mission to alleviate human suffering,” Gordon said.
So far, the PRC has provided hot meals to 975 individuals and distributed 9.3 million liters of water to more than 200,000 people affected by the crisis.
Some 31,763 people also received psychosocial support, while more than 7,000 patients benefitted from PRC’s Basic Health Care Unit, including 2,127 who needed blood pressure monitoring.
To ensure the hygiene and sanitation of displaced families, PRC conducted hygiene promotion to 8,972 people, stationed 20 portalets for some 45,000 individuals, and set up shower facilities that benefitted almost 100,000 evacuees.
PRC also set up 27 welfare desks in Lanao del Norte and Iligan City, and helped 508 individuals to locate their missing families.