By Jel Santos
Thousands of families in Cotabato who have been devastated by recent earthquakes that jolted Mindanao need more help, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said.
As such, the humanitarian organization is appealing to the public to give PRC monetary help that will be extended to Cotabato residents staying at evacuation sites.
The collected financial aid, according to PRC, will be used to buy goods at local shopping centers, saying that more money will be saved by doing so than of shipping in-kind donations.
“More than 35,000 families or 178,305 individuals have 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,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said in a statement.
Since the earthquake struck, PRC said it has been supplying water in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato to ensure ample and safe drinking water 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,” the PRC chairman said.
On the other hand, PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter distributed hot meals to nearly 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.
PRC said that the two badly affected areas in Mindanao are North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur.
The public may deposit their donations to the following accounts:
Peso Savings: 00-453-0190938
Dollar Savings: 10-453-0039482
Swift Code: BNORPHMM
Peso Savings: 4991-0036-52
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM
Peso Savings: 151-7-151524342
Dollar Savings: 151-2-151002182
Swift Code: MBTCPHMM