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Philippine Red Cross on hand to help voters practice their right to vote


By Jel Santos

Over 12, 000 voters were helped by staff and volunteers of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) during the mid-term elections last Monday.

The humanitarian organization said 310 first aid stations and 158 welfare desks were set up at strategic locations all over the country.

They were manned by around 2, 000 PRC staff and volunteers.

Sen. Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, said that their volunteers and personnel helped a total of 12, 766 people who went out and practiced their right to suffrage.

“To vote is one of the duties of each and every Filipino. To serve the people is the duty of the Philippine Red Cross staff and volunteers. As our fellow Filipinos were busy casting their votes, PRC staff and volunteers were also very much occupied attending to the needs of our fellowmen. Our staff and volunteers have intense compassion to the most vulnerable,” he said.

PRC staff and volunteers said they provided blood pressure monitoring to 12,535 people.

Meantime, 130 people were treated for experiencing dizziness, abrasion, open wound, fever, cramps, burns, hyperventilation, and body weakness.

Nineteen persons were treated for breathing difficulties, seizure, numbness, and blurred vision, while nine patients were rushed to nearby hospitals for additional medical care, PRC said.

In San Juan City, a PRC volunteer carried a 96-year-old voter to the third floor of San Juan Elementary School where his designated polling precinct was located.

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