The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will provide temporary “tent classrooms” for students in Albay affected by the continuing unrest of Mayon Volcano.
Five of the tents will be put up in various schools in the towns of Camalig, Malilipot and Guinobatan.
Each tent has an area of 56 square meters and can accommodate up to 45 children.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC), a total of 57 schools, 91,278 students, and 2,797 Department of Education (DepEd) personnel located within the 6-9 kilometer Permanent Danger Zone have been affected.
“There is a shortage of classrooms because most of the schools in Albay are being used as evacuation centers. We cannot deprive children of education. Learning must never stop amidst the looming disaster,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
The tents were donated by the Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS) during a turnover ceremony held on February 1, 2018 at the PRC Multipurpose Hall and Logistics Center in Subic Bay Freeport in Zambales.
Present during the ceremony were Turkish Ambassador to the Philippines Esra Cankorur, TRCS Head of Disaster Response and Management for International Programs Utuku Akbas, TRCS Executive Officer in International Programs Department Teyfik Cem Binatli, and PRC Secretary General Atty. Oscar Palabyab.
Earlier, the TRCS also turned over a donation worth P3.3-million to the PRC, in support of the ongoing relief operations in provinces hit by the recent Typhoon Vinta.
The TRCS is the largest humanitarian organization in Turkey and is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
It has been working as a first-response and humanitarian aid society since it was founded by the Ottomans in 1868.
Its mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering, without discrimination and with a focus on human dignity. (Eric Michael Santos)