PH Red Cross continues recovery efforts after ‘Maring’

Published October 14, 2021, 7:41 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to help communities that were battered by severe tropical storm “Maring” (international name: “Kompasu”) — particularly in Northern Luzon.

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

In particular, PRC is still providing much-needed support to affected communities in La Union. Through its La Union Chapter, PRC is still on the ground, continuing to work around the clock to provide recovery help in areas that were devastated by “Maring.”

PRC said that “Maring’s” damage in La Union included houses torn down in Naguillan, flooding Brgy. Rimos in Luna, loss of electrical power in the areas of Luna, Naguilian, Bacnotan, and Balaoan.

As part of its relief efforts, PRC on Wednesday, Oct. 14, distributed hygiene kits such as toothpastes, toothbrushes, face towels, alcohol, and sanitary napkins for women for 50 families.

PRC also served hot meals of tuna rice toppings and bottled water to 210 individuals from Brgy. Rimos 5 in the Municipality of Luna.

Meanwhile, PRC’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) assisted in evacuating families trapped in flooded areas and brought them to safety. Currently, PRC said that there are still eight evacuation centers still open with 65 families or 335 individuals in total.

“Tuloy-tuloy ang tulong ng Red Cross hangga’t sa makakaya namin. Nandito ang mga volunteers ng Red Cross upang umagapay sa ating mga kababayan sa La Union at iba pang probinsiyang sinalanta ng bagyong Maring (The Red Cross will continue to help as much as we can. Red Cross volunteers are here to accompany our fellowmen in La Union and other provinces devastated by typhoon Maring),” PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dick Gordon said.

Distribution of family hygiene kits, food items

Meanwhile, the country’s premier humanitarian organization also distributed family hygiene kits and food items in over 27 municipalities in Abra affected by “Maring.”

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

In partnership with the Youth for Youth Organization, affected residents in five barangays in Lagangilang, Abra received assistance from PRC.

PRC volunteers and staff brought family hygiene kits, sandwiches, and bottled water to distribute to 200 families in Brgy. Aguet, Brgy. Balais, Brgy. Lagben, Brgy. Nagtupacan, and Laang in Lagangilang.

Aside from Abra, the humanitarian organization has been responding to more than 100 municipalities affected by the severe “Maring” which affected 485,923 individuals as of Oct. 13.

With the help of its partners, PRC also provided meals and snacks to the affected families and distributed relief items to people in need.

Trained Red Cross volunteers also contacted the affected families providing emotional support, health services, and psychosocial care for people who’ve been evacuated.

Apart from Abra and La Union, PRC also supported the “Maring” operations in Ilocos Sur, Baguio, Benguet, and Pangasinan by serving hot meals to 314 individuals and bottled water to 100 individuals; providing clothing to 122 individuals and psychosocial first aid to four individuals; and rescuing 31 individuals.