The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) attended to a total of 1,906 devotees with minor and major injuries during this year’s Traslacion, the culmination of the celebration of the annual Feast of the Black Nazarene.
Seven patients were immediately transported by Red Cross ambulances to hospitals near the area for advanced medical attention, including a 17-year old boy with suspected neck and spine injury.
Of the total number, 127 were considered as major cases, which include difficulty of breathing, fainting, body weakness, seizure and fracture.
The PRC served a total of 708 patients with minor medical cases such as dizziness, lacerations, abrasions, vomiting, toothache, body pain, fatigue, abdominal pain and sprain. Majority of them had their wounds dressed by the PRC. At least 854 patients also had their blood pressures checked and monitored by the PRC.
All of these cases were brought to the nine Red Cross first aid stations scattered along the procession route and at the emergency medical unit (EMU), a tent hospital with surgical capacity, which was set up at the KKK Monument beside the Manila City Hall.
The PRC mobilized 10 volunteer doctors from the Philippine Medical Association, Philippine College of Surgeons, Tondo General Hospital and Mary Johnston Hospital, as well as 30 nurses from the Philippine Nurses Association.
“The Philippine Red Cross never fails to support this beautiful Filipino tradition by providing life-saving measures to the devotees. This wouldn’t be possible without the hard work & sacrifice of all our volunteers and staff throughout the archipelago, who worked tirelessly even before the day of the feast. We are all proud to have you in the Philippine Red Cross,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon said.
Aside from giving medical assistance, the PRC also assisted 210 people in tracing their missing companions through its Restoring Family Links (RFL) program, and provided psychosocial support.
A total of 2,000 Red Cross personnel and volunteers were deployed in key areas along the procession path to ensure visibility so that devotees can easily approach them in case they need medical attention or assistance.
Red Cross from nearby chapters also participated and sent manpower, volunteers, equipment and vehicles for the whole operations.
The PRC mobilized a total of 58 ambulances that were stationed around the procession path, along with two Humvees, a 6×6 truck, one fire truck, and eight rescue trucks.
An amphibian and three rescue boats were also deployed along the Pasig river, as well as five utility vehicles, one Motorized Rescue Vehicle (MRV) and two motorcycles. All of which, together with its staff and volunteers are capable to respond in the event of a mass casualty incident.
The PRC Operations Center reported a slightly lower number of patients catered this year compared to 2017’s 2,566 patients.
The procession of the image of the Black Nazarene, which started early morning of January 9 at the Quirino Grandstand and ended at the Quiapo Church on January 10 around 3:00 AM, lasted for 22 hours.
Aside from the Traslacion, the PRC is also continuously providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by various disasters such as the previous storms Urduja, Vinta and Agaton which the Visayas and Mindanao, and the Marawi crisis.
The Philippine Red Cross, as the foremost humanitarian organization in the country, has 103 chapters with two million volunteers nationwide that is always first, always ready and always there to provide round-the-clock humanitarian assistance, especially to the most vulnerable.
Aside from disaster responses, PRC’s other services include health, welfare, safety, blood, volunteer service, and Red Cross youth. (PRC)
US-Based Pinoy Doctors to Hold Free Surgical Mission in Palawan
A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in the town of Aborlan.
The medical mission would be from Jan. 22 to 24, Provincial Information Officer Gil Acosta Jr. said on Saturday.
It will be led by the North Texas Association of Philippine Physicians (NTAPP) in cooperation with Governor Jose Alvarez, 3rd District Congressman Gil Acosta, 3rd District Board Member Albert Rama, and the municipal government of Aborlan.
Acosta said the NTAPP was composed of 44 Filipino physicians who arrived Sunday to bring free medical and minor surgical services to indigent residents of Aborlan town.
These are circumcision, harelip, breast-lumpectomy, biopsy, simple mastectomy, herniorrhaphy, hysterectomy-myomectomy, oophorectomy, appendectomy, colon resection with end to end anastomosis, amputation for gangrene, thyroidectomy, lysis adhesions, colostomy, cesarean section and tubal ligation.
Dr. Maria Arlin Josue, AMH chief, said they had already prepared for the medical and surgical mission, and were excited for the residents of Aborlan.
“Para sa mga nais makibahagi sa naturang aktibidad, maaaring makipag-ugnayan sa mga Operation Centers ng Rescue 165 na nakatalaga sa mga munisipyo sa lalawigan (For those who want to avail of free medical and surgical services they offer, residents can coordinate with the Operation Centers of Rescue 165),” she said.
Josue added they are grateful that the first medical and surgical mission in the province for this year chose Aborlan as it will surely help a lot of residents who lack funds to pay even for minor surgeries.
AMH is a 50-bed capacity medicare hospital in the first class municipality of Aborlan, located 69 kilometers from the capital of Puerto Princesa.
Its construction was funded cooperatively by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA, the Palawan government, and the local government unit of Aborlan.
It was part of 15 others being constructed in different municipalities in the province, including the island town of Coron.
Fiesta Señor and Sinulog 2018 Goes Digital
Amid the digital era, organizers of the Sinulog festival have decided to tap social media to help deliver the message on the real essence of the celebration, which is the devotion and gratitude to the Holy Child Jesus, Sto. Niño.
Sinulog Foundation Inc. has launched the Sinulog 2018 app, where users can plot their own Sinulog route and schedule, as well as take a good look at various Sinulog activities, parade contingents, and the official route maps.
The app also enables the user to vote for this year’s Sinulog festival queen of their choice.
“One of the goals for the Sinulog 2018 is to bring back the essence of Sinulog to the Sto. Niño, especially to the younger generation who generally just wants to party,” said Stephanie Villarica, Sinulog Foundation Inc. Marketing and Promotions head.
In coordination with the social media teams of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), the organizers are also exerting efforts in expanding social media presence.
Both government institutions will serve as reliable sources and will provide real-time updates during the celebration.
Aside from downloading the Sinulog 2018 app, Sinulog head secretariat Fr. Ric Anthony Reyes also encourages the public to download prayer apps.
Dubbed as “Kalingawan sa Plaza,” nightly activities are held at the Plaza Independencia for free. Fresh farm produce are also sold around the area.
The organizers also stressed that there will no longer be booths and Sinulog activities held along the Fuente Osmeña circle.
The Cebu City Government recently banned all parties and sale of liquor within 300 meters of the route.
GCash to Raffle off 10 iPhone X for The SM Store Shoppers
The SM Store shoppers nationwide are in for a treat as GCash mobile wallet is set to raffle off 10 iPhone X from February to April this year.
To qualify, existing and new GCash App users just need to pay their The SM Store purchases using the GCash scan to pay feature which all The SM Stores in the country started accepting last December. Each single receipt value of at least P500 is equal to one raffle entry. Promo is valid on a monthly basis from January 15 to April 15, 2018 per DTI-FTEB Permit No.0579 Series of 2018.
Distribution of prizes, draw schedules, and valid entries are as follows:
Jan 15 – Feb 15, 2018
Feb 16 – March 15, 2018
March 16 – April 15, 2018
Feb 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
April 20, 2018
Number of iPhones
While monthly winners are no longer qualified for the succeeding raffle draws, others may still get a chance to win the following month by transacting using GCash scan to pay in The SM Store again.
The winners will be notified by GCash through registered mail, mobile number (SMS and phone call) for instructions on how to claim their prize. The announcement of raffle winners will also be done through the Official GCash Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial/) according to announcement schedule.
How to use GCash scan to pay:
- Download the GCash app on your smartphone and sign up, or update the GCash app to the latest version and login.
- Click “Pay QR” on the dashboard, then click “Scan QR Code” to access the QR scanner. You can also swipe left from the dashboard to access the scanner immediately.
- Scan to pay in The SM Store during payment
- Input the amount to be paid as stated by the merchant’s POS and frontliner
- Confirm the payment details of the transaction
- Upon success of payment, an sms will be received by the customer and the merchant front liner indicating that payment has been done.
Not yet a GCash subscriber? Register to GCash now by downloading the GCash App or by dialing *143#, select GCash and register.
Learn more about GCash by visiting www.gcash.com. Follow its social media channels: www.facebook.com/gcashofficial,www.twitter.com/gcashofficial, and www.instagram.com/gcashofficial.
Calape’s ‘Fishyalan’ Opens in February
In an effort to offer an alternative tour site to mall and resorts goers, the local government unit of Calape and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) is set to open its ‘fishyalan’ next month.
Located at BFAR’s Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center at Barangay Bentig, the ‘fishyalan’ is a unique place for visitors to hang out and learn new fisheries technology.
This way, BFAR can also better disseminate its advocacies, as well as information about its different programs and projects toward the development of the fisheries sector in the region.
Calape Information Officer Nicolas Sendrijas said when they open ‘fishyalan’ to the public, an entrance fee of P20/person will be collected.
The rate for children 12 years old below is P15, while rental for fishing gear with bait is P5 wherein visitors pay for the fish they catch.
They can opt to cook it there or they may bring it home.
Sendrijas, also the President of the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol (AUDIO-Bohol), held their first out-of-town Bisita Opisina and agency familiarization program hosted by LGU Calape at the Conference Room of BFAR’s Central Visayas Multi-Species Nursery Demonstration and Training Center on January 11.
The people’s organization, Bentig Farmers-Fishermen’s Association, is set to undergo a training on entrepreneurship to be conducted by the University of San Carlos (USC) Business Administration.
When operational and at the end of the fiscal year, the net income generated will be shared 50-50 between the PO and LGU Calape, according to Sendrijas.
As of now, worth P3 million of milkfish ( bangus, ) siganid (kitong) , pompano (talakitok) , tilapia, mangrove crab, and grouper (pugapo) have been stocked in the two fish ponds of fishyalan.
The Memorandum of Agreement for the operation of fishyalan was signed by Calape Mayor Nelson Yu and BFAR Regional Director Allan Poquita. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)
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