The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has received P10 million from the Korean Embassy which will be used to help displaced families affected by the eruption of Mayon volcano in Albay.
The amount was received by PRC Chairman Richard Gordon from Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man, Minister Counselor Kyun Jongho, and Chief Economist Mabellene Reynaldo in a turnover ceremony Wednesday.
Gordon said he was grateful for the Korean embassy’s aid which he said would provide “hope to thousands of families affected by Mayon’s volcanic activities” and whose continued support for the PRC’s humanitarian efforts has been consistent.
This most recent donation will be allocated for emergency relief operations and construction of more comfort rooms for the thousands of evacuees still housed in 59 evacuation centers across Albay.
This is not the first time the Korean embassy has provided monetary assistance to the Philippines. Last year, a P5 million donation was given by the embassy to the PRC, which was then utilized by the agency to augment relief operations in war-ravaged Marawi City.
So far, the PRC has built five comfort rooms in Lower Binogsacan High School in Guinobatan, while construction of more outdoor toilets is ongoing in San Jose Elementary School, Malilipot Central School, Comun Elementary School, and Guinobatan West Central School.
The PRC has also set up inflatable tents, donated by the Turkish Red Crescent Society, which are being used as temporary learning spaces in Lower Binogsacan Elementary School, Bitano Elementary School, and Bagumbayan Elementary School. (Carizza Ibañez)