Skip to main content

Two Years After Yolanda: PRC’s Haiyan Recovery Program

Philippine Red Cross is more than just providing blood to those who are in need. They play a big role in disaster, relief and operation. A couple of weeks ago, we remembered the tragic brought about by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines. We recognize individuals, NGO and government agencies' efforts to help the provinces hit by typhoon Haiyan, one of them is Philippine Red Cross.

Back in 2000, I went to Nueva Vizcaya and joined a group of graduating nurses to serve a community in the province. Unlike disaster and relief operations, we did community nursing. Philippine National Red Cross was then our home. The team was very professional, skilled and dedicated to their line of duty. I also learned extensive first aid training from Red Cross in Manila.

Back to Haiyan, Red Cross provided immediate need from medication, food, medical needs to typhoon aftercare support like livelihood projects to make them recover. Red Cross even provided moral support to the victims to give strength and hope. They set up food trucks for victims and give relief when they leave the evacuation center.

Two years after Haiyan (local name Yolanda), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has helped tens of thousands of affected families to get back their livelihoods, built safer, more disaster resilient homes and classrooms, and given people access to improved health and sanitation facilities and services.


As of end of October, 884,228 people have benefited from PRC’s Haiyan Recovery Program which includes services ranging from shelter, livelihood, cash relief assistance, water and sanitation, hygiene promotion, and rehabilitation of classrooms.

“The success of our Haiyan operations would not have been possible without the support of our partners in the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement and private partners who have generously contributed to help alleviate the suffering of those whose lives have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Because of the massive destruction caused by Haiyan, there was also a massive outpouring of support that came to us that helped restore people’s lives and dignity,” said PRC chairman Richard Gordon.

To date, PRC’s Haiyan Recovery program has built 66,011 homes out of the target 80,203 or 86 percent of the target number of houses to be built, amounting to around 2.2 billion pesos. The Red Cross Haiyan shelter program is spread across nine Haiyan-affected provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Iloilo, Leyte, Palawan, and Western Samar.

Aside from housing and livelihood, PRC also focused on health, sanitation and education. Through the Haiyan recovery operations, there are now 32 schools with improved access to water and sanitation facilities and 38 health facilities that have been repaired and reconstructed, which will cater to 222,618 individuals based on the population of the area.  


The education sector was not left behind as the Red Cross also focused on restoring classrooms so students can go back to their classes. As of date, 410 classrooms have already been rehabilitated and reconstructed, of which 39,165 students have benefitted. There were also 5,083 students who have received school kits from the Red Cross.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Forti-D: Your Daily Dose of Vitamin D

Are you Vitamin D deficient? Just few weeks ago, I attended an event that talks about Vitamin D deficiency, then I realized it's not something we usually monitor. We go to the clinic for the regular physical examination which includes CBC, Blood Chemistry, Cholesterol check up, X-ray but have you ever had a check-up of your Vitamin D level?


Silent epidemic spreads: 3 out of 5 Filipinos suffer from Vit-D deficiency. Are you one of them? An expert in the field of occupational medicine has revealed that an increasing number of office workers in Metro Manila are becoming vitamin D-deficient because of their lifestyle habits.


Cases of vitamin D deficiency in the country are increasing due to lifestyle that most of us have. Vitamin D is produced naturally through adequate sun exposure and given that most office workers are not exposed to as much sunlight as they need to be, they face a much pronounced risk of suffering from the condition. Because of extreme heat, we opted to stay indoors…

School Days Ahead with Hawk Bags

The month of June is here and the school bells are ringing! Foremost important to mothers in preparing their young kids to school is a durable and dependable school bag like Hawk Bags.

HiPP Organic Kindermilk Soon In The Philippines

Last year, I visited several organic farms in the country and learned about organic farming. I've been in the look out for organic produce and other products but never heard of an organic milk formula for children three years onwards.


Inspired by the benefits of nature, HiPP Organic Kindermilk is specially formulated using only the finest organic milk. HiPP is one of the leading baby food companies in Europe, with nutrition expertise going back 50 years. They exercise the strictest tests in every stage of production, ensuring that the product remains pure and free from unwanted chemicals. Their special Organic Formula is Certified Organic by the Organic Certification Center of the Philippines (OCCP) and by the European Union (EU).

HiPP Organic Kindermilk, which will soon be available in the Philippines, is the ideal complement to a child’s diet from 3 years onwards. It contains natural Omega-3 to promote brain development, calcium and Vitamin D to help strengthen bones, galacto-oli…