The Korean Embassy in the Philippines gave out PhP 10 million donation in support for the Philippine Red Cross’ (PRC) relief operations for affected families of Mount Mayon’s distressed behavior.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon received the donation from Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man, Minister Counselor Kyun Jongho, and Chief Economist Mabellene Reynaldo.
“This timely donation will not only augment the PRC’s capacity, but is also a great contribution in providing hope to thousands of families affected by Mayon’s volcanic activities. We commend the Korean Embassy for continuously supporting us in our pursuit to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable,” Gordon said.
Last year, the Korean Embassy also donated PhP 5 million-worth of humanitarian assistance intended to support the PRC’s relief operations for families in the war-torn city of Marawi.
The donation for Mayon evacuees will be used for emergency relief like hygiene kits and potable drinking water, and to build comfort rooms for 59 evacuation centers.
So far, the PRC built five comfort rooms in Lower Binogsacan High School in Guinobatan, while construction of more latrines is ongoing in San Jose Elementary School, Malilipot Central School, Comun Elementary School, and Guinobatan West Central School.
The PRC also set up temporary learning spaces in Lower Binogsacan Elementary School, Bitano Elementary School, and Bagumbayan Elementary School.
In addition to this, the PRC has distributed 495,000 liters of clean water and around 7,600 dust masks to ensure the health and well-being of evacuees. The group also started conducting hygiene promotion to 5,000 individuals.
Moreover, around 1,900 families had received hygiene and sleeping kits while some 3,800 individuals were given hot meals. The PRC also provided psycho-social support to about 12,000 people.