To address the influx of travelers due to the Holy Week, Philippines Red Cross Chairperson Richard Gordon mobilized the members of the PRC throughout the country.
A statement from PRC shared that they have set up 161 first aid stations, equipped with 60 ambulances on stand-by, and 33 additional roving ambulances in different churches, beaches, resorts, pilgrimage areas, bus terminals, parks, highways, mountains and even sea ports and airports.
An estimated 1,300 PRC staff and volunteers were also deployed nationwide to provide assistance and ambulance service to travelers and the general populace. They will be providing said service from Tuesday until Sunday.
Major gasoline stations in the Northern and Southern Luzon Express Way in Manila, the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, and the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road Tollway were likewise installed with PRC first aid stations and welfare desks.
The 119 welfare desks set-up by PRC throughout the country were tasked to provide immediate psycho-social support, referral and tracing assistance for missing people and their relatives on top of their first aid duties.
According to PRC statistics, they were able to assist 4,308 people last year. Cases ranged from high blood pressure, sprain, dizziness, fainting, jellyfish stings, sprain, insect bites, abrasion, food allergy, etc.
As a safety reminder for travelers, PRC also released a 10-point Road Safety Commitment:
- Use a seatbelt.
- Wear a helmet if riding on a motorcycle.
- Drive at a safe speed and distance as necessary for the condition I am in.
- Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Do not use a mobile phone when driving.
- Be visible as a pedestrian or cyclist.
- Know and respect the highway code.
- Maintain my vehicle in good condition.
- Be licensed and trained for the vehicle I am driving.
- Know how to act in case of a car crash.
Have a solemn Holy Week, everyone, and stay safe!