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By April Therese Tan

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More than eight months after Typhoon Odette struck the Philippines, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), in partnership with the American Red Cross and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), provided emergency shelter assistance to 3,039 families and cash assistance to 249 families in Cordova, Lapu-Lapu City, Alcoy, Argao, Badian, Alegria, and Aloguinsan.

The assistance is worth more than P30 million.

The families who received cash assistance got P5,000.0 each. The emergency shelter assistance consisted of CGI sheets and shelter tool kits worth P9,600 per family.

Previously, in the province of Cebu, PRC already distributed more than P63 million worth of assistance to 5,153 families affected by TY Odette.

The recent distribution is part of the more than P455 million humanitarian and development assistance the PRC has allocated to families affected by Typhoon Odette and other calamities that affected Mindanao and Visayas from December 2021 to September 2022.

“Katulad ng sinabi ko sa simula ng 2022, hindi natin kakalimutan ang Typhoon Odette. Kaya nandito pa rin ang Red Cross para sa mga pamilyang lubos na naapektuhan, hanggang sila ay makabawi mula sa mga epekto ng Odette. Sabi nga ng Philippine Red Cross hymn, ‘When the world no longer watches, we do what must be done,’” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said in a statement.

Other partners of the PRC in these activities are the German Red Cross, the Spanish Red Cross, and the European Union. PRC’s cash, emergency shelter, and livelihood assistance distribution also covers Bohol, Southern Leyte, Leyte, Palawan, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Dinagat Islands, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur.-(April Therese Tan)

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