PH Red Cross honored by Joint Task Force Sulu

Published July 16, 2021, 2:57 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

For generously extending its assistance to the families of the victims of the Sulu C-130 crash, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Sulu Chapter was awarded a Plaque of Appreciation by the Joint Task Force Sulu, Western Mindanao Command.

(Photo from PH Red Cross)

The award was given on July 15 at the Joint Task Force Sulu headquarters and was signed by MGEN William Gonzales PA, Commander of the Task Force.

The task force extended its gratitude to the PRC after the humanitarian organization’s unwavering support to generously extend its assistance to the families of the Joint Task Force Sulu troopers and civilians who fell as casualties of the ill-fated C-130 crash on July 4.

PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon immediately deployed the men and women of the PRC Sulu Chapter to conduct home visitation to provide cash assistance and psychosocial support to the survivors and bereaved families of the C- 130 crash.

“I would like to commend the PRC Sulu chapter for the swift response to the C-130 crash,” Gordon said. “Your actions truly abide by what PRC does to be Always First, Always Ready, and Always there in every situation,” he added.

The PRC sent a response team to the scene, dispatching an ambulance with three emergency medical service (EMS) personnel.

The PRC Sulu Chapter also alerted its volunteers around the area and provided five cadaver bags to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for proper management of the fatalities.

To date, the PRC has 104 chapters nationwide ready to respond in every situation.