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Red Cross Launches Emergency Appeal for #VintaPh

Photo Credit: Patrick Mongaya

As the full picture of the devastation wrought by Vinta (Tembin) becomes more evidentfive days after the storm battered parts of Mindanao and Palawan, the Philippine Red Cross has started expanding its humanitarian support for the affected communities.

The PRC in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched a movement-wide emergency appeal on Tuesday to support the ongoing emergency and relief operations in the country. 

The appeal seeks to raise an estimate of P140-million (2.8 million Swiss francs) to assist the families affected by the storm in 23 provinces particularly those displaced by flashfloods and landslides in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, and Cagayan de Oro.

“We are moving very fast. Our resources have to catch up. The vulnerable people cannot wait,” Philippine Red Cross Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.

Gordon said the emergency appeal would help displaced families have access to essential items such as food, water, cash, sanitation, shelter, healthcare, information and psychosocial needs.

“A lot of people are in desperate need of food and water right now. We also need to find those who are still missing,” he added.

“People have gone through a massive shock. In just minutes, they lost everything and then had to fight for their lives as walls of mud and water washed through their homes,” IFRC Operations and Programs Manager in the Philippines Patrick Elliott said.

Earlier, the Qatar Red Crescent Society earlier pledged P14-million ($280,000)while the Manila Bulletin donated P1-million to the Philippine Red Cross to support its ongoing humanitarian work in communities affected by the storm.

PRC staff and volunteers have been on the ground before the storm made landfall providing hot meals to 5,739 individuals and psychosocial support to 1,047 people, sacrificing precious time with their respective families on Christmas day.

The PRC also rescued 339 people and distributed 137,000 liters of water. It will also be distributing cash grants worth P3,000 to 1,500 families, as well as non-food items to 1,000 families.

More water tankers will also be sent to provide clean water, especially in areas not yet reached by other organizations.

The PRC will also assist those who are still looking for their missing loved ones from the flashfloods and landslides.

For the past months, the PRC has been responding to various disasters such as the previous Tropical Storm Urduja, which hit the Visayas particularly Biliran province, and the Marawi crisis.

“We still have to assist the Marawi people, who are still staying in evacuation centers. We have more in our hands,” Gordon added. 

The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103 chapters with two million volunteers nationwide.

To those who are interested in helping the Philippine Red Cross alleviate the suffering of Vinta-affected families, donations can be made through the following:


Peso Accounts:


Bank: Banco De Oro

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account No: 00-4530190938
Type of Account: Savings
Swiftcode: BNORPHMM


Bank: Metrobank

Account Name: Philippine Red Cros
Account No: 151-7-151524342
Type of Account: Current
Swiftcode: MBTCPHMM


Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account No.; 4991003652
Type of Account: Savings
Switfcode: BOPIPHMM





Dollar Accounts:


Bank: Banco de Oro

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account No: 10-453-0039482
Type of Account: Savings
Swiftcode: BNORPHMM


Bank: Metrobank

Account Name: Philippine Red Cross
Account No,: 151-2-151002182
Type of Account: Savings
Swiftcode: MBTCPHMM