Although eight years have passed since Typhoon Yolanda—known internationally as Haiyan—ravaged numerous communities in the Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) remains steadfast in its efforts of helping rebuild the lives of victims. 

According to PRC Chairperson and CEO Senator Dick Gordon, the almost-decade-long mission of assisting those affected by Yolanda, which killed 6,000 lives and left 30,000 individuals injured, won’t be stopping anytime soon. 

“We are almost a decade after Yolanda, yet the Philippine Red Cross has not stopped helping its victims to stand up on their feet,” he shared. 

Gordon also underlined the significant role that different institutions and individuals, who continue to give them support, play in their continued efforts to provide aid to typhoon victims. 

“Solidarity remains our guide in helping communities build back better from Haiyan and other disasters. Recovery has no shortcuts, this is why we will continue to work hand in hand with our partners for a better future,” he emphasized. 

Through years of effort, PRC was able to bring support to numerous communities. The organization was able to build 80,207 shelters for the families affected in Leyte including Ormoc City, Western and Eastern Samar, Cebu, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, and Palawan. 

On top of this, 62,676 households are currently being supported through livelihood assistance, cash grants, and 15,985 were able to benefit from PRC’s livelihood training programs. 

PRC was also able to bring Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facilities to a total of 116 schools, and 1,168 community-based WASH facilities were constructed as well. 

In addition, the institution repaired 94 health facilities and equipped 64,650 individuals through health-related promotional awareness campaigns. They also reconstructed 536 classrooms and distributed 8,375 school kits.

And to ready residents for such natural disasters, PRC established the PRC Vocational Training Center in Leyte, the PRC Regional Logistic and Disaster Management Training Center in Passi City, and a blood facility in Bogo City.

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