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The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed ambulances and welfare desks to the provinces in Northern Luzon as ordered by Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon, in preparation for the Tropical Storm (TS) Ramon with an international name Kalmaegi.

Relief necessities such as food items, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, sleeping mats, sleeping kits (blankets, mosquito nets, and plastic mats), tarpaulins, and jerry cans are set for rapid transportation and distribution to give aid to possible affected families in the Northern part of the country. Hot meals are also ready to be prepared and served.

“PRC staff and volunteers are on standby and ready to provide assistance to our fellowmen who will be hit by Tropical Storm Ramon”, said Chairman Gordon.

PRC Northern Luzon Chapters (Abra, Apayao, Aurora, Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Kalingaand Nueva Vizcaya) have activated Red Cross 143 volunteers and Red Cross Action Team (RCAT) and are on a 24-hour duty (shifting schedule) in their respective chapters monitoring updates regarding TS Ramon, ready to be deployed.

Payloader prepositioned in Nueva Vizcaya and other search and rescue teams with equipment are also on standby in anticipation of the possible effects of the storm.

Tropical Storm Ramon has a maximum sustained wind of 85 kilometer per hour and gustiness of up to 105 kilometer per hour. It is expected to make a landfall in Northern Cagayan between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will send Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) to areas affected by the series of earthquakes particularly in two of the hardest-hit provinces, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

“This mission will be headed by Red Cross Youth (RCY) staff to help thousands of displaced students to ensure the continuity of education after their schools were damaged by temblors while other learning facilities are now being utilized as temporary evacuation centers,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

A total of 10 TLS will be initially deployed or 5 tents each for North Cotabato and Davao del Sur. Each tent can accommodate 40 to 50 students. These tents are expected to arrive in their designated locations by Monday, November 18.

“A lot of school buildings aren’t safe yet after they sustained damages and large cracks due to strong aftershocks since October 16. Aside from food, medicine and water, more children are also in need of education which is their right,” Gordon added.

Almost a month after the series of earthquakes hit several parts of Mindanao, over 1,000 schools were damaged based on data provided by the Department of Education (DEPED).

Classes at all levels in three regions – Regions 11, 12 and BARMM – remain suspended.

Gordon also extended his gratitude to PRC’s operation partners and donors – the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Embassy of Republic of Korea, San Miguel Food Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation, Filminera Resources Corporation, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Thome Ship Management (TSM) Group and Ramon Tulfo Good Samaritan Foundation Incorporated.

As of November 13, PRC has mobilized 569 volunteers, staff and Red Cross Youth, providing first aid to 81 individuals in 8 First Aid stations in Kidapawan City, Davao del Sur and General Santos City, distributing food items to 1,122 families in Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato.

Eighteen temporary shower facilities were installed in the Municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur which are now being utilized by the affected families as part of PRC’s commitment to promote hygiene and sanitation whenever a calamity or disaster hits.

A total of 1,004,208 liters of water were distributed by PRC – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) to 5,690 families or 22,097 individuals in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato. The WASH unit also conducted hygiene promotion to 6,163 individuals, installed 40 portable toilets, and established 19 water collecting points also in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.

Gordon gave his assurance that the PRC will install an additional 20 portalets especially in remote areas and will setup Basic Health Care Units to address health problems in Kidapawan City and other affected areas.

PRC distributed hot meals to 9,482 families in North Cotabato (6,860) and Davao Del Sur (2,622), administered psychosocial support to 3,338 individuals including child friendly spaces to 1,198 individuals in North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Davao Del Sur, General Santos and Sultan Kudarat.

PRC also deployed 20 water bladders from General Santos-Saranggani, Davao City, Leyte, Cebu, Agusan del Sur; 5 water tankers and 3 water treatment units to North Cotabato and Davao del Sur; 8 ambulances from National Headquarters, South Cotabato, North Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Zamboanga Del Norte chapters and 2 additional mobile kitchens from Bacolod and Iloilo.

The PRC will create a community kitchen kiosk per evacuation center so that evacuees will not need to cook inside their tents, thereby avoiding a fire hazard.

Since October 16, more than 30,687 families or 153,435 individuals in 15 municipalities and cities, in 7 provinces have been affected by the series of earthquakes.

More than 10,684 families or 42,736 individuals are taking temporary shelter in 64 evacuation centers, 39 in Davao del Sur (5,980 families or 23,920 individuals) and 25 in North Cotabato (4,766 families or 18,816 individuals).

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the following avenues:

BDO

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938

Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342

Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal

donate@redcross.org.ph

Families and some local government officials in areas affected by the series of earthquakes in Mindanao gratefully acknowledge the untiring efforts of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in the Municipalities of Tulunan, Makilala, M’lang and Kidapawan City, North Cotabato and Magsaysay, Malalag, Bansalan, Matanao, Hagonoy, Digos City in Davao del Sur.

“Even if we spearheaded the ongoing humanitarian operations in quake-hit Mindanao, our mission won’t stop here, we will not abandon the affected and displaced people, we will be here to help them get back to their normal life,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

One of the main priorities of PRC is to supply clean and safe water to thousands of residents after a series of temblors disrupted access to water supply and sanitation facilities in two of the hardest-hit provinces, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

“We are very thankful that Red Cross is here to supply us clean and safe water in our barangay,” said Perlita Godinez, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Kidapawan City in North Cotabato.

These accomplishments could not have been possible without the support of PRC’s operation partners and donors – the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Embassy of Republic of Korea, San Miguel Food Corporation, Nickel Asia Corporation, Filminera Resources Corporation, Cabinet Secretary KarloNograles, Thome Ship Management (TSM) Group and Ramon Tulfo, Good Samaritan Foundation Incorporated.

Almost a month after the first quake, PRC continues its effort to alleviate human suffering in fulfillment of its mission to serve the most vulnerable especially in areas devastated by the earthquakes.

The PRC, as the foremost humanitarian organization, also reaffirmed its commitment to continue its support for thousands of affected and displaced families in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

As of November 12, the PRC has mobilized 422 volunteers, staff and Red Cross Youth, providing first aid to 81 individuals in 8 first aid stations in Kidapawan City, Davao del Sur and General Santos City, establishing 15 welfare desks, distributing food items to 881 families in Davao Del Sur and North Cotabato and handing out jerry cans or water containers to 413 families in Davao Del Sur.

“We installed 6 temporary shower facilities at Barangay Balnate evacuation center in the Municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur which are now being utilized by the affected families. The Philippine Red Cross stays true to its commitment to promote hygiene and sanitation whenever a calamity or disaster hits,” Gordon added.

A total of 830,208 liters of water were distributed by PRC – Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion (WASH) to 5,604 families or 22,097 individuals in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, conducted hygiene promotion to 3,887 individuals, distributed hygiene kits to 762 families in Davao del Sur, installed 40 portable toilets in various areas in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, and established 19 water collecting points also in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato.

Gordon gave his assurance that the PRC will install an additional 20 portalets especially in remote areas and will setup Basic Health Care Unit to address health problems in Kidapawan City.

PRC provided sleeping kits to 1,155 families in North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, distributed hot meals to 7,336 families in North Cotabato (3,365) and Davao Del Sur (2,054), administered psychosocial support to 2,778 individuals in North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Davao Del Sur, General Santos and Sultan Kudarat.

PRC also deployed 5 water tankers, 20 water bladders from General Santos-Saranggani, Davao City, Leyte, Cebu, Agusan del Sur and 2 water treatment units from North Cotabato and Davao del Sur, 8ambulances from SouthCotabato, Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Zamboanga Del Norte chapters, 2 additional mobile kitchens from Bacolod and Iloilo and will create a community kitchen kiosk per evacuation center. Evacuees will not need to cook inside their tents thereby avoiding a fire hazard.

Since October 16, more than 30,687 families or 153,435 individuals in 15 municipalities and cities, in 7 provinces have been affected by the series of earthquakes.

More than 11,242 families or 39,128 individuals are taking temporary shelter in 50 evacuation centers, 31 in Davao del Sur (6,476 families or 15,298 individuals) and 19 in North Cotabato (4,766 families or 23,830 individuals).

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the following avenues:

BDO

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938

Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342

Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal

donate@redcross.org.ph

Six years since the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan (locally named Yolanda) struck several parts of Visayas, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to support the longer-term recovery of communities.

“The PRC was among the first responders on the ground. Ceaseless efforts were made in reaching inaccessible areas to not only provide relief items, but also clearing pathways and main road networks from debris. Psychosocial support was also provided to ensure the overall health and well-being of the affected communities. During the first three months, families were provided with essential items such as hygiene kits, jerry cans, and sleeping kits,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

“We are recognized as one of the best Red Cross societies in the world because in Haiyan, we demonstrated that we could gather aid from almost all the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies worldwide and distribute them into different provinces. The Haiyan experience reinforced the Red Cross as a go-to organization and the preferred partner of choice since PRC was able to get the job done,” Gordon added.

Since November 8, 2013 until March 30, 2014, PRC distributed food items to 390,399 families or 1,951,995 individuals. Non-food items such as plastic mats, sleeping items, water containers tarpaulins and kitchens were also distributed to 258,972 families.

More than 80,207 houses were built by PRC together with the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement partners in Leyte including Ormoc City, Western and Eastern Samar, Cebu, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, and Palawan.

“We must learn from Yolanda. Dapat walang bahay sa shoreline, dapat lahat ng building nasa tamang lugar, wala sa fault line. Dapat alam ng mga tao kung anong gagawin kapag may kalamidad, ano dapat na aksyon upang hindi na maulit ang ganitong trahedya.,” Gordon reminded.

Of the 80,207 houses built through the efforts of Red Cross, Chairman Gordon is very proud of the fact that, “PRC was the only organization to be able to build houses which were accounted for, donors can see where their houses are, who lives in there. We can produce a list.” Cash Livelihood Assistance was also granted to 62,676 households while livelihood trainings were provided to 15,985 individuals.

PRC is also the first to build schools and provide WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) facilities to 116 schools. Through the combined efforts of PRC and its network of partners, 1,168 Community-based WASH Facilities were constructed and a Vocational Training Center in Leyte was put up together with a \ Disaster Management Logistics Training Center in the Panay Island. As for the health sector, 94 health facilities underwent rehabilitation while 64,650 individuals underwent training for health promotions.

The PRC also provided cash assistance to more than 90,779 families in the early recovery program and a total of Php 281,529,400 was distributed from December 2013 to March 2014. PRC chapters and branches in Capiz and Passi City in Iloilo were reconstructed and rehabilitated as part of the capacity enhancement of PRC, while blood facilities in Tacloban, Ormoc and Passi City were erected to further respond to the increasing need for clean and safe blood within the region.

These achievements could not have been possible without PRC’s operation partners – the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Committee of the Red Cross, American Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, Bahrain Red Crescent, British Red Cross, Belgian Red Cross (Flanders), Canadian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, French Red Cross, German Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Korean National Red Cross, Netherlands Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, Singapore Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Hong Kong Red Cross, Macau Red Cross Branch of Chinese Red Cross Society, Taiwan Red Cross, CUBE LTD, HSBC, Sutherlands Philippines, AIR ASIA and Citibank, Australian Aid, ECHO, Royal Charity Organization of Bahrain, and Emirates Red Crescent Authority.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues its effort in alleviating human suffering in fulfillment of its mission to serve the most vulnerable especially in areas devastated by a series of temblors in Mindanao.

More than three weeks after the first earthquake, PRC, as the foremost humanitarian organization, reaffirmed its commitment to support thousands of affected and displaced families in two of the hardest-hit areas, North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

As of November 7, the PRC mobilized 422 volunteers, staff and Red Cross Youth, providing first aid to 81 individuals in 8 first aid stations established in Kidapawan City, Davao del Sur and General Santos City, distributing tarpaulins to 861 families in Davao Del Sur (339) and North Cotabato (129) and handing out jerry cans or water containers to 119 families in Davao Del Sur.

“We installed 6 temporary shower rooms at Barangay Balnate evacuation center in the Municipality of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur and are now being utilized by the affected families. The Philippine Red Cross stays true to its commitment to promote sanitation whenever a calamity or disaster strikes,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.

A total of 446,208 liters of water were distributed by PRC to 3,108 families or more than 12,000 individuals in Davao del Sur and North Cotabato, conducted hygiene promotion to 3,312 individuals in Davao del Sur, installed 10 portable toilets in Davao del Sur and established 12 welfare desks in North Cotabato, South Cotabatoand Davao Del Sur.

Gordon also gave his assurance that the PRC will be sending additional portalets especially in remote areas.

“Our mission won’t stop here, PRC will not abandon the people of Mindanao, we will be here to help them get back on their feet,” Gordon added.

PRC provided food items to 587 families, hygiene kits to 468 families in Davao del Sur, sleeping kits to 861 families in North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, distributed hot meals to 5,419 families in North Cotabato (3,365) and Davao Del Sur (2,054), administered psychological first aid to 1,404 individuals in North Cotabato (487), South Cotabato(22), Davao Del Sur (811), General Santos (44) and Sultan Kudarat (40).

Red Cross also deployed 2 additional water tankers from Leyte and Albay, 4 water bladders from Gensan and Davao City and 3 water treatment units from North Cotabato and Davao del Sur, 2 additional mobile kitchen from Bacolod and Iloilo, 4 ambulances from SouthCotabato, Cotabato, Davao del Sur and Zamboanga Del Norte chapters.

Since October 16, more than 30,600 families or 153,435 individuals from 184 barangays in 15 municipalities and cities, in 7 provinces have been affected by the series of earthquakes.

More than 5,761 families or 25,856 individuals are staying in 45 evacuation centers, 25 in Davao del Sur (1,685 families or 5,985 individuals) and 20 in North Cotabato(4,626 families or 19,871 individuals).

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the followingavenues:

BDO

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938

Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342

Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal

donate@redcross.org.ph

As relief operations continue in quake-hit areas in Mindanao, the Philippine Red Cross(PRC)reiterated its appeal for more support for thousands of families affected and displaced by strong earthquakes that shook the region on October 16, 2019 followed by a series of equally strong tremors.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon urged the public including big companies to help in the relief efforts through their donations especially for the most vulnerable residents of North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, two of the severely hit areas.

“More than 420 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground to aid the affected families and individuals in Regions 11 and 12. Assistance is badly needed in the form of temporary shelters, food, medicine, clean water, tents and essential household items (water containers, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, sleeping kits),” Gordon said.

As of November 4, there are more than 37,000 families or 188,000 individuals affected by the series of earthquakes in Davao and Soccsksargen regions in the past two weeks.

“Other communities are in need of temporary medical facilities as some hospitals were damaged by the tremors. The fear is that the more than 2,600 aftershocks monitored by PHIVOLCS could have further weakened the structures’ foundation,” Gordon added.

Water is an essential need and PRC continues to produce safe drinking water to insure adequacy of supply especially for the residents staying in evacuation areas.

To prevent the spread of water-borne and communicable diseases, PRC’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team deployed additional water tankers to provide clean and safe water to the affected families and individuals suffering from the disruption of the water systems. Hygiene and sanitation are not overlooked with the installation of additional 20 portable toilets.

PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter provided hot meals to more than 7,300 individuals particularly in Barangays Ilomavis and Balabag, administered first-aid,conducted psychological counselling,distributed beneficiary cards to 300 families staying in the Malasila National Vocational and Technological High School. Potable water is made available to residents of Barangays Ilomavis, Kidapawan and Old Bulatukan in the Municipality of Makilala.

In Davao Del Sur, PRC distributed food items in Barangays Darapuan and Kinuskusan, non-food items, health kits, sleeping kits to 107 families in Barangay Anonang, in the Municipality of Bansalan, water in Barangays Balnate and San Miguel in the municipality of Magsaysay.

The PRC team from Davao del Sur Chapter also conducted hygiene promotion, Red Cross volunteer orientation and set up welfare desk/first aid station in relief areas in the Municipality of Bansalan.

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the following avenues:

BDO

Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938

Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482

Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI

Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52

Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342

Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182

Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal

donate@redcross.org.ph

Angel Locsin may just have it all – an angelic face, a soaring career and a blissful love story. But what others may be unaware of is her good heart that genuinely cares for others, an angel not just by name but in selfless deeds.

Born as Angelica Colmenares, Angel has been a householdname on TV and in the movie screen. She is known for her remarkable acting skills which earned her various awards and recognition. Being a sought after celebrity, her schedule is almost always full to the hilt. However, there is one thing that a busy schedule cannot keep her from –helping others.

Just a few days ago, Locsin, together with her fiancé Neil Arce, was seen in Davao buying rice, other food items and hygiene essentials then bringing them to Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chapters as assistance to those who were deeply affected by the series of earthquakes in Mindanao. And this is not the first time that Angel has extended help to the vulnerable through the Red Cross.

Since Typhoon Ondoy in 2009, Locsin has been a familiar face during PRC relief packing activities. Popular as she is, she would avoid any special treatment and would insist on sitting on cold floors or anywhere other volunteers would sit while packing relief items. She would carry heavy boxes of goods and assist those who are finding the load too heavy to lift.After the lifting and the sweating, she would also bring food to share with all the volunteers. All of these she would do wearing that charismatic smile which earned her the admiration of many.

Aside from being present in various relief operations, Angel also became an active advocate of blood donation. Having millions of followers and fans, she would regularly promote the life-saving act of voluntary blood donation. She would also find time to get enough sleep and rest to qualify as blood donor and has given enough to be called a Blood Galloner.

Philippine Red Cross Chairman, Sen. Richard Gordon has acknowledged the humanitarian actions of Locsin through a post on his official Facebook page, “Angel indeed, Ms. Angel Locsin, together with her fiancé, Neil Arce, personally went to Davao del Sur Chapter to donate and volunteer in the distribution of relief goods and hygiene kits for the quake-hit families. She has been supporting PRC for a long time and has participated during relief distributions since Typhoon Ondoy. Thank you, Angel, for trusting the Philippine Red Cross.”

Angel may be remembered by many as the fictional Pinay heroine Darna but for the countless lives she has touched through her acts of volunteerism and her altruistic efforts, she will be their real life superhero without a cape or a costume but with an angelic heart for humanity.

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) provided assistance to a total of 10, 861 patients during the Undas 2019 operations from October 27 to November 4. This number includes individuals who sustained second degree burns and an animal bite.

Most of the patients (10, 275) had their blood pressure monitored, five (5) individuals were also given wheelchair assistance, while 35 patients who suffered from difficulty of breathing, chest pain, nose bleeding, second degree burns, animal bite, fainting and punctured wound were transported to health facilities for further medical attention.

There were also 16 major cases recorded such as vomiting of blood and chest pain, while 284 patients sustained wounds, others experienced dizziness and vomiting.

“I commend our indefatigable staff and volunteers who provided assistance to our kababayans during the commemoration of Undas. PRC is staying true to its mantra: “Always First, Always Ready, Always There” in serving our countrymen”, said Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon.

PRC’s welfare desks also catered to 246 individuals, assisted through psychosocial support and assistance locating lost family members.

PRC alerted 156 ambulances (on stand-by and roving) and 2, 047 volunteers and staff all over the country.

First aid stations (249) and welfare desks (196) were also set up in different strategic places (cemeteries- 216, highways- 27, bus terminals, ports, and airport- 43).

PRC Undas 2019 Summary of Assistance:

Total number of patients catered: 10, 861

Breakdown as follows:

Blood pressure monitoring: 10, 275

Transported: 35

Major cases: 16 (deformity, 2nd degree burns, chest pain, vomiting of blood)

Minor cases: 284 (dizziness, lacerations, abrasions, vomiting, difficulty of breathing)

Welfare assistance: 246

Wheelchair assistance: 5

Assets deployed:

Staff and volunteers- 2, 047 (staff-322, volunteers- 1725)

Ambulance- 156 (alerted) units

First Aid stations- 249

Welfare desks- 196

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is appealing for more support for thousands of families affected by the series of strong earthquakes that jolted Mindanao on October 16, 2019 followed by a series of equally strong tremors.

As families flock to different evacuations centers due to the damage brought by the series of earthquakes and aftershocks, Chairman Richard Gordon reached out to the public to assist in the relief effort through their donations especially for the residents of North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, two of the badly hit areas.

“More than 35,000 families or 178,305 individual shave been affected in Regions 11 and 12. They are in dire need of assistance such as food, medicine, clean water and essential household items (water containers, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, sleeping kits)especially the most vulnerable,” Gordon said.

PRC has started producing water in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato to ensure adequate and safe drinking water especially for the residents staying in evacuation centers.

“PRC’S Water, Sanitation and Hygiene team provides clean and safe water the affected families and individuals suffering from the disruption of the water systems in these areas,” Gordon added.

PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter provided hot meals to almost 3,000 individuals in Old Bulatukan and Malasila Elementary Schools in Makilala, North Cotabato,administered first-aid,conducted psychological counselling, distributed beneficiary cards to 529 families and potable water to Barangay Ilomavis residents.

In Davao Del Sur, water distribution in the municipalities of Magsaysay, Balabag and Digos City is ongoing, 271 families in the Municipality of Bansalan were also provided with sleeping and health kits while construction of latrines and shower facilities continues in Barangay Tarapuay and Kinuskusan.

“Rest assured that there is a Red Cross that is always first, always ready, always there to help the most vulnerable during calamities.Since the first quake struck Mindanao on October 16, our teams have been working round-the-clock, providing first aid and other humanitarian services,” Gordon said.

PRC uses resources provided by generous donors for these activities. The public can help PRC replenish these resources by donating through the following avenues:

BDO Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938 Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482 Swift Code: BNORPHMM

BPI Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52 Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Metrobank Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342 Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182 Swift Code: MBTCPHMM

Paypal donate@redcross.org.ph

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) intensified its operations after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit several parts of Mindanao, Thursday morning, October 31, 2019. This is the third time in two weeks that a strong quake jolted Mindanao.

PRC’s army of volunteers and staff rushed to treat injured patients and are continuously assisting affected individuals, especially those in badly hit areas in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

“We are all in this together. Since the first earthquake struck Mindanao on October 16, our team has been working round-the-clock, providing first aid and other humanitarian services like distribution of hot meals to the affected residents, such as those in Balabag Barangay Hall in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato which serves as temporary evacuation center for 400 affected individuals,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.

The PRC deployed 8 teams consisting of 2 from North Cotabato, 1 from Davao del Sur, 2 from South Cotabato, 1 from General Santos City and 2 from National Headquarters to conduct assessments and augment the chapters’ operations in different areas of Mindanao.

PRC North Cotabato Chapter sent teams to assess the situation in Kidapawan City and Barangay Ilomavis while volunteers and staff from Davao del Sur set up a temporary station and also deployed a team to conduct an assessment within the vicinity of their area.

PRC South Cotabato Chapter positioned its teams to assess the situation in the KCC Mall and Public Market due to a reported panic incident, a roving team was also mobilized by General Santos chapter within its area.

In order to save lives and to meet the demands of the affected residents especially the most vulnerable in the hard hit areas, PRC placed safeguards on the chapter’s blood bank refrigerated storage facility in Davao Del Sur Provincial Hospital particularly against power interruption.

The team of volunteers also set up tents and beds to provide additional support for the patients of the said hospital while a 15,000-liter water bladder was set up in San Miguel Elementary School in Digos City, a 10,000-liter water bladder was positioned in Balnate Elementary School in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.

The PRC Ozamiz City Chapter warehouse is on alert status ready to deliver non-food items for the affected communities in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur.

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