By Jel Santos
Big companies have been urged by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to help in its relief efforts for the residents of earthquake-devastated North Cotabato and Davao Del Sur, two of the severely hit areas.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon made the appeal for big companies and the public to send aid to the people of Mindanao who are currently staying in evacuation sites.
“More than 420 Red Cross volunteers are on the ground to aid the affected families and individuals in Regions 11 and 12. Assistance is badly needed in the form of temporary shelters, food, medicine, clean water, tents and essential household items (water containers, kitchen sets, hygiene kits, sleeping kits),” he said in a statement.
Base on PRC data, as of November 4, there were over 37,000 families or 188,000 individuals affected by the series of earthquakes in Davao and Soccsksargen regions in the past two weeks.
“Other communities are in need of temporary medical facilities as some hospitals were damaged by the tremors. The fear is that the more than 2,600 aftershocks monitored by PHIVOLCS could have further weakened the structures’ foundation,” Gordon added.
PRC said it was continuously supplying potable water in evacuation sites.
Moreover, the humanitarian organization dispatched additional water tankers to prevent the spread of water-borne and communicable diseases.
Additional 20 portable toilets were also installed by PRC in evacuation sites.
Gordon said PRC North Cotabato-Kidapawan City Chapter provided hot meals to more than 7,300 individuals particularly in Barangays Ilomavis and Balabag, administered first-aid, conducted psychological counselling, distributed beneficiary cards to 300 families staying in the Malasila National Vocational and Technological High School.
Potable water was made available to residents of Barangays Ilomavis, Kidapawan and Old Bulatukan in the Municipality of Makilala.
In Davao Del Sur, PRC said it distributed food items in Barangays Darapuan and Kinuskusan, non-food items, health kits, sleeping kits to 107 families in Barangay Anonang, in the Municipality of Bansalan, water in Barangays Balnate and San Miguel in the municipality of Magsaysay.
Donations may be sent to the following PRC bank 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