The Philippine Red Cross is committed to provide quality life-saving services with its major services–Blood Services (NBS), Disaster Management Services (DMS), Safety Services (SS), Emergency Response Unit (ERU), Health Services (HS), Welfare Services (WS), Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Red Cross Youth (RCY) and Volunteer Services (VS). The organization focuses on a holistic approach to uplift the condition of the most vulnerable and operates with people who have dedicated themselves to the service of humanity. Over its 70 years of humanitarian service aims to:
- Bring relief to our affected countrymen.
- Alleviate the suffering of our countrymen caught in the midst of natural and man-made emergencies and immediately respond and bring remarkable actions
- Establish and deliver long-term programs that shall assist the most vulnerable to enhance their capacities and be resilient
Life-saving in emergency situations, and assisting the affected population to get back on their feet are the top priorities for humanitarian organisations.
Aware that the Philippines is a disaster-prone country visited by an average of 22 to 26 typhoons a year; an average of 170 maritime accidents also occur every year; and it is also prone to earthquakes, fires, landslides, volcanic eruptions and man-made disasters like armed conflicts and terrorism.
Effects of these situations include–families suffer, displaced population, houses wiped out or in ruins, hard-earned properties and sources of livelihood destroyed, and bring enormous devastation in communities.
The Philippine Red Cross is present in different regions and provinces in the country through its 104 chapters and branches. These chapters and their personnel and volunteers are well capacitated to respond to emergencies and implement recovery and developmental programs. In coordination with the Partner National Societies, PRC provides immediate assistance to victims of disasters, rehabilitates systems of access to drinking water, education and health facilities , supports shelter reconstruction, and supports their well-being through Welfare Services.
PRC, however, does not merely react to emergency situations. Before emergency strikes, PRC prepares and train volunteers all over the country ready to act and respond, assist communities prepare to lessen impact, and lastly, prepositioned resources, equipment and Food and Non-food Items.
With the aspiration of Philippine Red Cross to upgrade its level of excellence in its services we continue to expand with the support outside the organization. Aside from the demand of for volunteers who are willing to assist the need of PRC to spread awareness and educate more individuals and communities continuously increases, PRC launches programs and projects in coordination with donors and partners willing to be part of our humanitarian mission.