/ 3 August 2022

A WEEK after a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Northern Luzon, the Philippine Red Cross provided psychological first aid to 323 children in Ilocos Sur province.

“Bukod sa mga nasirang kabahayan at kabuhayan ng ating mga kababayan, naapektuhan din ang ating mga kabataan dahil nanatili sa kanila ang takot dulot ng malakas na lindol. Laging handa ang trained volunteers and staff ng Red Cross upang tulungan ang ating mga kabataan sa aspetong ito ng kanilang kalusugan,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.

PRC recently provided a Child-Friendly Space to 90 children in Santa town also in Ilocos Sur. Aside from the space, the PRC also distributed hygiene kits and 10,000 liters of water to 103 families or 317 individuals, served hot meals to 350 persons, and provided health services to 67.

To protect the community against Covid19, the Red Cross also distributed 800 face masks and Covid19 leaflets.

Present during the distribution were Santa Mayor Jesus Bueno Jr., Barangay Tabucolan Captain Armando Baguyo and personnel from the Social Welfare and Development Office, Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection.

The PRC said that it continues to provide other much-needed aid to the people of hard-hit province of Abra.

“Tuloy-tuloy pa rin ang ating pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan sa Abra at Ilocos Sur, na syang lubos na naapektuhan ng lindol at aftershocks nito. Laging maaasahan ang Red Cross sa ganitong uri ng sakuna,” Gordon said.