Partnership For Disaster Response Formed in Davao

Learning from experiences with rescue and relief operations for the victims of typhoon “Pablo,” eight private organizations have forged a partnership that aims to deliver immediate response to local disasters, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Davao City chapter said Wednesday.

Aileen Lourdes Lizada, secretary of the PRC Board of Directors, said in a press conference here the eight organizations committed to join the partnership during an initial meeting last December 21 initiated by the PRC.

She, however, clarified that instead of cash they will offer things and services in times of disaster based on the nature of their businesses or organizations.

For instance, a school on culinary arts may provide volunteer chefs to join a disaster response team, while restaurants may provide scrap meat and excess ingredients, and bakeries some bread supplies, she explained.

Lizada added that some individuals were open to lending their 4×4 vehicles to response teams in their relief operations.

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“We learned that it was during the first three days since typhoon Pablo made landfall that many people would die and many could also be saved,” she said.

She cited that during this crucial period volunteer chefs could cook food for the victims instead of giving them uncooked items, as cooking would be difficult on the part of the latter.

Lizada said the PRC is inviting more organizations to join, and that another partnership meeting will be held on January 30 at the PRC Millennium Building, Manuel Roxas Avenue here.

She pointed out that with the partnership, all kinds of help for disaster victims could be maximized through a system that will be prepared for the city, including blood supplies and relief goods.

Also proposed in the meeting was to link up with local hospitals to maintain a support desk for disaster victims, she said.

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