The Philippine Red Cross has activated its Holy Week Safety Assistance operations.
In a statement on Tuesday, March 31, PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon said their operations have been activated since March 27 to ensure immediate response should any emergency arise while people travel to the provinces and visit churches in observance of the Holy Week.
“In observance of the Holy Week, we expect increased people mobility in places of worship, recreational areas, ports and terminals with traffic congestions on major roads and highways, we want to ensure the safety of the general public by setting up first aid stations, ambulance services and welfare desks in areas where people are likely to converge,” he said.
“We want to ensure that help will be readily available should any need arises,” added Gordon.
According to the PRC head, they have set up stations at the Alimall bus terminal, and Batangas pier.
The Red Cross will also deploy volunteer lifeguards in crowded beaches, like Boracay and Puerto Galera.
The PRC also coordinated with major gasoline stations in NLEX, SLEX, STARTOLL, and TPLEX expressways for their first aid stations and welfare desks to assist commuters.
For her part, PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang instructed the Red Cross chapters to coordinate with local authorities for the duration of the operation which is from March 27 to April 6.
She also advised everyone to keep safe and be wary of accidents.
“Let us be safe during our trips this Holy Week and keep the observance solemn. We should follow the safety rules and regulations to avoid accidents,” said Pang.Pang also reminded the public to be sun smart and maintain proper hydration to avoid sunburn and heat stroke.