PH Red Cross continues to assist communities affected by natural disasters

Published October 21, 2021, 3:03 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

On top of its ongoing initiatives to help the country in its fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to provide aid to those who were affected by natural disasters such as storm or typhoon.

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

In the aftermath of severe tropical storm “Maring” (Kompasu), PRC continues to assist the Cagayan province.

The PRC Cagayan chapter, for instance, conducted psychological first aid for children and other vulnerable individuals in Brgy. Tabbac, Buguey, Cagayan.

Additionally, the chapter also distributed ready-to-eat meals and face masks to 300 individuals.

PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Senator Dick Gordon said that the humanitarian organization will continue to provide assistance to various areas that were affected by “Maring” early this month.

“We are always first, always ready, and always there where help is needed,” Gordon said.

Likewise, PRC’s response efforts in Batanes also continue more than a month after typhoon “Kiko” battered the province.

After “Kiko” destroyed homes and displaced thousands of individuals in September, the PRC immediately sent aid to the municipalities of Basco, Uyugan, Mahatao, and Sabtang.

PRC provided shelter tool kits, tarpaulins for use as temporary shelter, Jerry cans with water tablets for safe drinking water, solar lamps, flashlights, a motorcycle, and two portable generator units to help those who are in need.

Gordon said that despite the ongoing pandemic, the PRC will continue to be of service to vulnerable Filipinos – especially those who are still reeling from the impact of the previous weather disturbances that affected the country.

Early this week, the PRC Batanes Chapter continued its response through the hauling of additional non-food relief items.

With seven volunteers mobilized, PRC Batanes Chapter Administrator Waldimar Ballada said that they would distribute the relief items for 42 families in Brgy. Kaychanarianan, Basco.

Meanwhile, PRC said it will continue its humanitarian intervention in the province through “Bakuna Bus” vaccination, read-to-eat-meals distribution, and Isolation facilities to serve asymptomatic patients to aid in stopping the spread of the virus.