MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, April 15 (PIA) - The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Southern Leyte Chapter will join the nationwide celebration of the 68th anniversary of PRC with the local chapter to bring its frontline services to the municipality of Bontoc.

The Philippine Red Cross as an independent humanitarian organization was officially born in 1947, it was learned.

According to Chapter Administrator Jonas Maco, PRC Southern Leyte Chapter will deliver services such as mass blood donation, blood pressure monitoring, First Aid demonstration, mass feeding, proper handwashing and volunteer recruitment.

He expects that services mentioned above would be done effectively with the assistance of local government unit of Bontoc together with its offices like the Rural Health Unit, the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO).

Members of the 4Ps in said municipality shall be given priority in the services of the PRC during this activity and they will be given the opportunity to donate blood.

With their parents, malnourished children shall be served with nutritious food during the mass feeding program so with the proper handwashing.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that the local PRC Chapter has mobilized a total of 75 PRC volunteers who effeciently manned the rescue stations in the three popular pilgrimages in Hanginan, Monte Cueva and Maasin Shrine during the Oplan Holy Week 2015.

With this volunteer act, they were able to respond to 28 minor cases of fainting and abrasions. Five patients were transsported to the nearest hospital due to difficulty in breathing, among other first aid acts.

In the interview, Maco also was thankful of their partners – the Provincial Disaster Response Team (PDRT), Maasin City Emergency Response Team (MCERT) and the Amatuer Radio Communication (ARCOM). (aen/esg/PIA8 Soleyte)