8,844 individuals assisted by PRC during Holy Week

Published April 2, 2018, 6:30 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Jel Santos

A total of 8,844 individuals have been assisted by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) throughout the observance of Holy Week, the head of the humanitarian body said today.

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The PRC put up over 200 first aid and welfare stations, mobilized 75 ambulances, and deployed around 1,500 staff and volunteers in public areas all over the country from March 26 to April 1.

Among others, the humanitarian body rushed 27 patients to the nearest hospitals. PRC said they needed further medical attention due to “drowning, dizziness, body pain, convulsion and numbness.”

“While the majority of Filipinos are spending time with their families during the long holidays, our staff and volunteers were on the ground to assist. I commend our volunteers for once again ensuring the safety of the public as we observe the Holy Week,” Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, said.

Meantime, Gordon expressed gratitude toward PRC’s partners and donors for helping fortify the organization’s capacity to quickly respond to the needs of Filipinos.

“The success of this operation would not have been possible without the help of our partners and corporate donors who have always been committed to help us alleviate human suffering regardless of race, beliefs and nationalities,” he said.

The PRC is the foremost humanitarian organization in the country. It has a total of 103 chapters with around two-million volunteers nationwide.