The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) said on Monday its more than 30 ambulances and thousands of first aiders are ready to provide assistance in any emergency situation that may arise during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila this week.
“We are prepared. We see to it that there is readiness in anticipation for any eventualities that may happen. Of course, we are praying there will be none,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said in an interview with the Philippines News Agency.
Gordon said that aside from being part of the Joint Task Group-Emergency Preparedness and deploying ambulances to the four designated emergency response staging areas, the PRC’s Disaster Management Service has also been activated for the measures that the PRC had earlier drawn up for the summit.
“The PRC is part of the Task Force on Emergency Preparedness, which is headed by Undersecretary Alex Pama of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD). We have been requested to deploy ambulances to the four designated emergency response staging areas,” he said.
“But aside from deploying ambulances, we have also activated our own contingency measures early this week,” he added
Gordon said the Red Cross chapters in Metro Manila and those in nearby provinces have been given instructions regarding the preparations.
“We are ready for any emergency situation that may arise during the week-long activity,” he assured.
He said the PRC has deployed three ambulances to each of the following areas: General Headquarters Grandstand at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City; Philippine Army Wellness Center in Taguig City; Naval Reserve Command (NacResCom) in Intramuros, Manila; and Naval Golf Club in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
The first aiders that will man the ambulances will be on a two-shift per day rotation from Nov. 15 to 21.
Aside from the 12 ambulances, 24 other ambulances will be on standby at the PRC Chapters in Metro Manila and those in the nearby provinces.
Almost 400 first aiders, fire volunteers and rescuers will also be on duty.
The number includes the first aiders manning the ambulances deployed.
At least five rescue trucks have also been prepositioned in strategic areas.
Blood services have been prepared to ensure immediate transport of blood units to hospitals when needed.
Aside from the National Headquarters, PRC Chapters involved include those in Quezon City, Manila, Rizal, Pasay, Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon, Marikina, Navotas, Bulacan, Bataan, Olongapo City, Tarlac, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas. PNA