PNRC working hard to train volunteers in every Filipino community
January 24, 2012
The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) is is continue to recruit volunteers for the Red Cross 143 program, which intends to train emergency responders in every village and community throughout the nation. IRIN News reports that the PNRC set out to have 44 volunteers in each of the country's 42,000 villages, and they have already met 60 percent of the goal since the program was launched in 2009.
"The nature of disasters and calamities is that they happen anywhere," PNRC secretary-general Gwendolyn Pang told IRIN. "We need people on the ground to be our eyes and ears. They can give us immediate situation updates as they occur."
Not only is the island nation hit with an average of 20 typhoons each year, there are also 23 active volcanoes in the Philippines, the news source reports. Natural disasters are impossible to prevent, but having a plan can help avoid unnecessary damage and injuries.
You Might Also Like...
- Make-A-Wish Foundation helps a child travel to the Philippines for Christmas
- Philippines looking to bolster naval defenses
- Philippines' population to reach 100 million by 2015
- Giant crocodile captured in the Philippines, another still may be on the loose
- United Nations turns trash into energy in the Philippines