A beneficiary of Luna, La Union is preparing to transport emergency aid provided by the Philippine Red Cross containing a hygiene kit, a sleeping kit, a kitchen kit and jerry cans. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to help La Union weeks after it was hit by Typhoon “Maring” (international name: “Kompasu”), causing severe flooding in the province.
On October 15, the provincial government of La Union declared the province in a state of calamity through Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s resolution # 1413 due to the devastation caused by the severe tropical storm.
The PRC, led by Chief Executive Officer Senator Dick Gordon, ordered the immediate deployment of the humanitarian caravan to the province at the height of the weather disturbances.
The caravan consisted of a 6×6 truck, a rescue boat, a command post, a rescue vehicle, a food truck. Food was distributed to bring immediate relief to the victims. These included 350 kilos of rice, one hundred cans of sardines, one hundred cans of beef bread and one hundred cans of tuna.
Maring reached 10 provinces, 127 municipalities and 1,920 barangays, made up of 100,241 families or 400,401 individuals.
The PRC provided La Union province with 1,839 water bottles, 649 sets of clothes, 331 kitchen utensils, 331 plastic mats, 1,000 mosquito nets, 1,000 jerry cans and 1,000 blankets for 500 families.
The PRC also provided hot meals to 6,226 people, psychosocial support, a child-friendly space to 167 people and first aid management to 276 people. Despite the ongoing pandemic, PRC also distributed 1,347 face masks, 550 hygiene kits and carried out hygiene promotion for 610 people to ensure the safety of beneficiaries.