As it commiserates with the people of Nepal, the Philippine Red Cross is preparing its resources and mobilizing teams to help Nepal after it was struck by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake Saturday afternoon which killed more than a thousand, damaged infrastructure, and destroyed properties and buildings, including historic ones.
In a statement, PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said PRC will follow coordination and cooperation procedures of the Red Cross movement and Nepal Red Cross before engaging, adding that they are now preparing various collapsed structure equipment, to be brought to Nepal as soon as they receive information from the Nepal Red Cross and the Red Cross Movement and other partners.
“Our staff and volunteers are prepared to work with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ and the Nepal Red Cross with respect to our role in assessment, rescue, relief, and other operations,” he said Saturday night.
The PRC was heavily involved in simultaneous disasters in 2013 starting with the Zamboanga City armed conflict in September of that year, followed by the very strong earthquake that hit Bohol in October of the same year. This was followed by mighty Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda which devastated the Visayas region, and killed almost 7,000 people on November 8 also in 2013.
“We truly feel the tragedy and great difficulties that the people of Nepal are currently faced with, and feel we must support the operations of Nepal Red Cross. Leaders of the Nepal Red Cross recently visited and observed PRC Yolanda operations recently,” Gordon said.
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