PRC deploys staff, volunteers to Bicol

December 02, 2019

THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed their staff and volunteers to Bicol region and other provinces as expected by Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to hit by strong typhoon “Tisoy” as part of the preparedness measures.

Richard Gordon, PRC Chairman said a humanitarian caravan sent rescue truck, Humvee, 6x6 truck with two rescue boats (one steel, one plastic), two ambulance vehicles, one food truck, one water tanker, two 10-wheeler trucks, two service vehicles for assessment and welfare teams and 41 manpower.

This humanitarian caravan is an augmentation to present vehicles and equipment already prepositioned at the Red Cross chapters in the Bicol region and other provinces. This is a logistic strategy that aims to clear any road obstacles or any debris, and therefore expedite the speedy delivery of complete assistance to the affected communities.

The PRC Chapters have also activated their Forecast-based Financing (FbF). This FbF, a forecast-based action fund, was added to its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund for easy disbursement during calamities.

“Forecast-based Financing is very important in our immediate response and delivery of humanitarian services to affected areas.  Forecast-based action fund uses a combination of weather predictions and historical data to fix triggers for the automatic release of money for pre-agreed early actions plans,” said Gordon.

“It is very important to have updated details whenever there is a disaster. In Red Cross, we have our Red Cross 143 volunteers that serve as our eyes and ears during a catastrophe.To all our kababayans, let’s remain vigilant— exercise 4 P’s— Predict, Plan, Prepare, and Practice,” Gordon added.

Gordon led the preparation of food and non-food items, rescue teams and vehicles as early as  November 29 at the PRC national headquarters.

On that same day, Gordon also ordered all PRC Chapters in Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Northern and Eastern Samar, Leyte, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Lucena, Quezon, and Negros Occidental to be ready for the  disaster.