The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Cebu Chapter is located at Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City, to provide humanitarian services to Cebuanos.
Formerly known as the Philippine National Red Cross, the first PRC branch was established in 1947. It is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The organization commits to providing excellent life-saving services that care for the life and dignity especially of poor Filipinos in difficult situations.
In the past, the organization only focused on providing blood, assisting disaster victims and giving first-aid. It now provides various humanitarian services using a holistic approach to improve the condition of the most vulnerable. Currently, the services that PRC provides are national blood services, disaster management services, safety services, community health and nursing, and social services. In 2003, the International Humanitarian Law was formed, which according to Section 3 of Republic Act 10072 (Philippine Red Cross Charter), PRC “shall be recognized as the voluntary, independent, and autonomous nongovernmental society auxiliary to the authorities of the Republic of the Philippines in the humanitarian field to assist said authorities in discharging the obligations set forth in the Geneva Conventions.”
Those who wish to become volunteers will have to fill out an application form. They will be interviewed briefly and they will be required to attend the Red Cross orientation course. Certificates will be given to volunteers who have passed regular Red Cross trainings. The Red Cross Youth is for volunteers in the elementary, high school and college and those from the community.
For more information on PRC’s services or how to become a volunteer, visit their Web site at redcross.org.ph or call (032) 253-9793.