By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
With Typhoon “Tisoy” [international name: Kammuri] expected to make landfall in the next several hours, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed a “humanitarian caravan” to the Bicol Region.
The caravan, PRC said, is composed of a rescue truck, a Humvee, a 6×6 truck with two rescue boats, two ambulances, a food truck, one water tanker, two 10-wheeler trucks, two service vehicles that will be used for assessment and welfare teams, and 41 personnel.
PRC said that thousands of local Red Cross chapter volunteers stationed in areas that were most likely to be hit by the typhoon, as well as volunteers and staff from its national headquarters, have also been deployed to the region and other neighboring provinces.
PRC Chairman and Senator Richard Gordon led the preparation of food and non-food items, rescue teams, and vehicles at the organization’s national headquarters in Mandaluyong City on Nov. 29.
PRC chapters in Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Northern and Eastern Samar, Leyte, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Lucena, Quezon, and Negros Occidental were also ordered by Gordon to be ready for the typhoon.
“It is very important to have updated details whenever there is a disaster. In Red Cross, we have our Red Cross 143 volunteers that serve as our eyes and ears during a catastrophe,” Gordon said in a statement.
The PRC chairman has also urged the public to remain vigilant and prepare for the typhoon.
“To all our kababayans, let’s remain vigilant [and] exercise [the] 4 P’s—Predict, Plan, Prepare, and Practice,” he said.
PRC chapters in areas expected to be hit by the typhoon have also activated their Forecast-based Financing.
“Forecast-based Financing is very important in our immediate response and delivery of humanitarian services to affected areas,” Gordon said.
“[The] forecast-based action fund uses a combination of weather predictions and historical data to fix triggers for the automatic release of money for pre-agreed early action plans,” he explained.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Typhoon Tisoy is expected to make landfall in the Bicol Region on Monday night or early Tuesday morning.