PH Red Cross helps ‘Rolly’-affected families build their homes

Published November 10, 2020, 4:57 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

To help families affected by super typhoon “Rolly” (international name: Goni) rebuild their homes, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Tuesday reported that supplies for shelter building have been sent to Catanduanes and Albay.

Residents carrying their belongings arrive at an evacuation center in Legaspi, Albay province, south of Manila on October 31, 2020, ahead of Typhoon Goni’s landfall.
(Photo by Charism SAYAT / AFP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We are mobilizing all our resources,” PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon said. “Aside from food packages and hygiene kits we are also helping the people of Catanduanes to rebuild their homes and begin anew,” he added.

As part of its relief efforts for the people affected by “Rolly” in the Bicol region, PRC provided 1,500 corrugated galvanized iron sheets to the residents of Catanduanes and Albay whose homes were blown away by the typhoon.

PRC shipped 1000 CGI sheets to Catanduanes and 500 sheets to Albay. Complimenting these materials, shelter kits and tarpaulins were also provided. Typhoon “Rolly” affected 90% of households in the Bicol Region; with more than 137,000 houses damaged in Albay and Catanduanes.

The PRC quickly responded to the needs of the Bicol Region after “Rolly’s” onslaught. Led by Gordon, the PRC deployed a humanitarian caravan to Bicol comprised of a rescue truck, two ambulances, a food truck, a payloader, a fuel tanker, two 10-wheel trucks, a Humvee, two water tankers, a 6-wheeler truck, a 6×6 truck, two Land Cruisers, and a Hi-Lux vehicle.

“We have reached them—that’s the first part,” Gordon said. “Our next move now is to alleviate their plight and help them get back on their feet,” he added.

 
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