THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will soon have two more ambulances, courtesy of the Philippine National Bank (PNB).
The PRC and the bank signed on Thursday an agreement on the provision of two ambulances and the training of 3,000 PNB employees on first aid and life support, and disaster preparedness.
PRC Chairman Sen. Richard Gordon said the two ambulances would be part of the reaction team that will respond when there are accidents with mass casualty or when there is an epidemic in a particular area.
He added that PNB employees who will be trained would become active members of the PRC, who can report to do volunteer work when there is a disaster.
PNB President Jose Arnulfo Veloso said the training would help improve the knowledge of employees in first aid and disaster preparedness.
“Eventually, from the 3,000 people from the head office, we would like to have the rest of our employees in the provinces be of value to the Philippine Red Cross and also assist when necessary,” Veloso said.
Meanwhile, Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong Man donated P5.1 million to the PRC. The money will be used for the relief activities of the agency for victims of the quake that hit Mindanao last week.
The PRC has assisted quake victims by providing them food, sleeping kits and bottled water.
Earlier this year, the Republic of Korea also donated an ambulance and water tanker.