SENATOR Richard J. Gordon, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross, ordered the immediate deployment and mobilization of volunteers and staff to assist the people affected by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit North Cotabato and other nearby areas in Mindanao on Wednesday night.
“Ang PRC ay nananatiling alerto matapos yanigin ng malakas na lindol ang ilang bahagi ng Mindanao partikular ang lalawigan ng Cotabato. We are here to help. We will never leave you,” Gordon said.
PRC volunteers and staff are continuously assisting the families and individuals who were devastated by the strong quake. Welfare desks and first aid stations were set up to evacuation centers. A total of 23 patients were catered by PRC, 15 from South Cotabato, five from Davao del Sur, one from North Cotabato, and two from General Santos. Twelve people were administered with first aid due to difficulty of breathing, dizziness, wounds, leg cramps and panic attack.
In Kidapawan, 151 were assisted and six were transported to health facilities due to asthma, back pain and panic attack. Psychosocial support were given to 145 individuals in Davao del Sur. Hotmeals were also served to 514 people. Food items were distributed to 51 individuals, sleeping kits to 51 families and four liters of bottled water were given to each of the 46 fam