To support typhoon-affected communities in Catanduanes, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will distribute corrugated galvanized iron (CGI) sheets to 1,000 families in the municipalities of Gigmoto, Baras, Bato, and San Andres starting Wednesday, Sept. 1.
PRC said that the emergency shelter assistance consists of 10 CGI sheets and one set of shelter toolkits to be given to families assessed to have partially damaged houses brought by Typhoon “Rolly” on November 1, 2020.
“Preparations were made and assets were prepositioned before the storm,” said PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Richard Gordon.
The PRC, Gordon said, was first on the ground with the local Red Cross chapter responding immediately after the landfall. “We were ready for the worst and I commend the volunteers and staff who were there from Day One until today as we help these communities recover,” he added.
Catanduanes and other parts of Bicol were badly damaged as the super typhoon made its first landfall over Bato, Catanduanes, and the second landfall in Tiwi, Albay – affecting an estimate of more than 800,000 families from 33 provinces.
The PRC was able to support more than 12,000 families with medical tents, food and non-food relief, cash assistance, clean water, and hot meals.
The Typhoon “Rolly” operations also marked the first humanitarian voyage of the M/V Amazing Grace.
The PRC is supported by the Hong Kong Government, Hong Kong Red Cross Society (HKRCS), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).