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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Philippine National Red Cross

We congratulate the Philippine National Red Cross led by its Chairman Senator Richard J. Gordon and Secretary GEneral Corazon Alma G. de Leon, other Directors, staff, and volunteers on the ocassion of their 62nd Founding Anniversary, and wish them success in all their endeavors.

Born officially in 1947, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), the country’s largest and oldest humanitarian organization, will celebrate its 62nd founding anniversary today with activities highlighting this year’s achievements.

In the last six decades, the Philippine National Red Cross sign has become a living symbol of help and helps for Filipinos. As an organization that is dedicated to serving humanity by providing relief, health, and welfare to people in need, including victims of disasters and other emergencies, the PNRC continues to take the lead in bringing hope and delivering relevant social services to the most vulnerable.

After 62 years of being Always First, Always Ready, and Always There, the Red Cross in the Philippines has continually upgraded its capability. This includes modernizing its fleet by the acquisition of fully equipped emergency ambulances, rescue boats and vans, fire trucks, and motorcycles for quick response, and upgrading its facilities such as the 24/7 Operation Center and latest communication technologies used in saving lives and uplifting human conditions during disasters and other emergencies.

To celebrate its anniversary, 42 newly acquired PNRC Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) are set to rove in a motorcade going to SM City North EDSA Amphitheater and Park, venue of this year’s celebration, from the PNRC Warehouse in Mandaluyong City and its national Headquarters in Manila. These ERVs will be distributed to PNRC chapters that need either rescue ambulances or fire trucks or both, to respond to complex emergency situations.

The first in the country “emergency motorcycle ambulance” will also be formally launched today. In addition, the PNRC will launch the establishment of blood bank facilities (BSFs) in 27 more chapters in response to the increasing demand for safe blood, bringing the total of chapters with BSFs to 96.

Today, the passion of Henry Dunant, father of the Red Cross Movement, to serve humanity 150 years ago, is in the hearts of every staff and volunteer of the PNRC. With the mission to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable as their guiding principle, the Philippine national Red Cross deserves commendation for truly being the first and constant partner of Filipinos in times of need.

We congratulate the Philippine National Red Cross led by its National Chairman Senator Richard J. Gordon and Secretary General Corazon Alma G. De Leon, other Directors, staff, and volunteers on the occasion of their 62nd Founding Anniversary, and wish them success in all their endeavors.

--Manila Bulletin

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