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Red Cross Intensifies Efforts to Help Flood-affected Families

Written By Jane Miranda on Friday, August 10, 2012 | Friday, August 10, 2012

 
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has intensified efforts to help victims of floods in Metro Manila and nearby provinces brought about by the southwest monsoon.

In a release, Red Cross staff and volunteers in Metro Manila and in other affected areas in Luzon are continuously bringing humanitarian assistance –with more than 900 staff and volunteers mobilized for rescue, relief and medical operations.


A total of 5,167 individuals were rescued by PRC Emergency Response Unit (ERU) and Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) teams in Quezon City, Valenzuela, Rizal, Manila, Navotas, Caloocan and Cavite.


Likewise, 24-hour standby teams were maintained by different Red Cross Chapters for monitoring and deployment.


Relief plan has been developed targeting priority areas to support the numbers of affected population either displaced or stranded in their homes due to severe flooding caused by the continuous heavy rains.

 


According to PRC, a total of 5,763 families have already received relief packs, while 1,127 received non-food items in Valenzuela, Rizal, Navotas, Malabon, Paranaque, Zambales and Olongapo. Likewise, hot meals were provided to 21, 890 persons.

PRC is also considering the social well-being of those affected individuals. Welfare services such as referral, guidance and counselling, psychosocial support and tracing were also made available, serving more than 2,060 persons.


The PRC Blood services are also on standby to ensure that blood requirements are met anytime the need arises.
Even before this latest spate of rains and flooding, PRC had been supporting families affected by severe floods that swamped the southern island of Mindanao in early June.

While conditions have improved, and families that evacuated to safety in the island of Luzon are gradually returning to their homes, the situation in Cotabato City, on the island of Mindanao, remains dire. Three weeks on, several areas remain flooded, in part due to water hyacinths that have clogged Rio Grande de Mindanao – the country’s second largest river system.

According to NDRRMC, flooding in the south resulted in 12 deaths and affected 136,000 families, 21,000 of them in Cotabato City. The Cotabato City Red Cross chapter reports that more than 4,000 families are still in evacuation centres, waiting for floodwaters to recede so they can return to their homes.

So far, PRC has distributed food packages, comprising rice, noodles and sardines, as well relief supplies such as jerry cans and tarpaulins to 7,000 families in Cotabato City. Red Cross community health volunteers have also provided water treatment solutions to those in need.

“Thanks in part to support from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), we have served the worst-affected families,” said PRC secretary general, Gwendolyn Pang. “However, it is necessary for us to do more because many vulnerable families remain in need.”

The IFRC is prepared to support PRC efforts during this year’s typhoon season, with specialized personnel, additional emergency supplies and resources available in country and in the region.
 
 
Meanwhile, Red Cross also welcomes donations in cash for flood-affected families. You may send or deposit your donations to the following accounts:

Banco De Oro

Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Metrobank

Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank

Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines

Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)

Banco De Oro
BNORPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands

BOPIPHMM

Metrobank

MBTCPHMM

Philippine National Bank

-PNBMPHMM

Unionbank of the Philippines

-UBPHPHMM

For your donations to be properly acknowledged, please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.


SMS and G-Cash


SMS

Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

G-Cash

Text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882

Individuals can donate the following denominations:

Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000. 

source: www.pia.gov.ph


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