By Carizza Ibañez
Students temporarily housed in makeshift classrooms in Guinobatan West Central School in Albay were personally visited on Friday by Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon who also led the distribution of relief packs and hot meals for the displaced residents affected by the Mayon volcano’s ongoing unrest.
Aside from the relief and meal distribution, Gordon visited the tents donated by the Turkish Red Crescent Society which are now being used as temporary learning spaces of students whose classes were disrupted by Mayon’s continued volcanic activities.
“Since most of the classes were disrupted as classrooms served as evacuation centers for the displaced families, PRC ensures that the students in Albay will not be deprived of education. We provided them learning spaces, which are safe and conducive for learning,” Gordon said.
Accompanying Gordon during his Albay visit were International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Head of Delegation Chris Staines, Albay Governor Al Bichara, Congressman Joey Salceda, and other members of the school and local government unit.
Aside from setting up temporary classrooms, the PRC has also started with the construction of outdoor toilets in evacuation centers in Malilipot and Guinobatan towns, and is planning to build more in the Gabawan and Comun elementary schools to address health and hygiene concerns in the evacuation centers.