A beneficiary from Luna, La Union prepares to carry the relief assistance provided by the Philippine Red Cross containing a hygiene kit, sleeping kit, kitchen kit and jerry cans. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
A beneficiary from Luna, La Union prepares to carry the relief assistance provided by the Philippine Red Cross containing a hygiene kit, sleeping kit, kitchen kit and jerry cans. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to assist La Union weeks after being hit by Typhoon "Maring" (international name: "Kompasu"), causing serious flooding in the province.

Last October 15, the provincial government of La Union declared the province under a state of calamity by Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 1413 due to devastation caused by the severe tropical storm.

PRC, headed by Chairman and CEO Sen. Dick Gordon, ordered the immediate deployment of the Humanitarian Caravan to the province at the height of weather distrurbance.

The caravan included a 6x6 truck, a rescue boat, a command post, a rescue vehicle, a food truck. Food items were distributed to provide immediate relief to the victims. These included 350 kilos of rice, one hundred cans of sardines, one hundred cans of beef loaf, and one hundred cans of tuna.

Maring affected 10 provinces, 127 municipalities and 1,920 barangays, composed of 100,241 families or 400,401 individuals.

PRC provided the province of La Union with 1,839 bottles of water, 649 sets of clothing, 331 kitchen sets, 331 plastic mats, 1,000 mosquito nets, 1,000 jerry cans, and 1,000 blankets for 500 families.

PRC also provided hot meals to 6,226 individuals, psychosocial support, a child-friendly space to 167 individuals, and first aid management to 276 individual. Despite the ongoing pandemic, PRC also distributed 1,347 face masks, 550 hygiene kits, and conducted hygiene promotion for 610 individuals to ensure the safety of the beneficiaries.