By Jel Santos
Around 2, 000 personnel and volunteers will be deployed nationwide by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during the observance of Holy Week this year.
PRC said they will also dispatch 150 ambulances in case of any emergency.
Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, said that the personnel and volunteers will man the welfare desks, which will set up strategic areas
“We put up our welfare desks in different strategic places to accommodate the travelers’ inquiries and concerns. These desks will be in operation for the entire holy week. Our goal is to make sure our countrymen are safe,” he said.
PRC said all chapters are placed on full alert.
The welfare desks will be offering first aid, tracing assistance for people with missing companions or relatives, referral assistance and psychosocial support.
According to Gordon, first aid stations, welfare desks, emergency vehicles, and ambulances are positioned in 34 bus terminals, 42 major highways, 54 churches, 13 beach areas and 9 seaports. As such, PRC will set up in parks and pilgrimage areas.
Last year, PRC personnel and volunteers helped 8,223 people nationwide.