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Red Cross opens molecular lab in Batangas City

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:34 PM

The COVID-19 testing facility of the Philippine Red Cross in Batangas City is the biggest in the Calabarzon

The Philippine Red Cross opened today its molecular laboratory in Batangas City after having been certified as an accredited COVID-19 testing center by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. Photo by Philippine Red Cross

Coronavirus testing center opens in Subic Bay Freeport

Jun 22, 2020 - 5:14 PM

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test laboratory is a joint project of the Philippine Red Cross and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

Richard Gordon inspects the SBMA swabbing center with SBMA Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma on Friday. SBMA Photo

PH Red Cross opens bio-molecular lab at Clark Freeport

Jun 19, 2020 - 7:04 PM

The Clark laboratory further boosts the country's COVID-19 testing capacity

BIO-MOLECULAR LAB. BCDA president and CEO Vince Dizon, Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda and other government officials inspect the Philippine Red Cross bio-molecular laboratory at the Clark Freeport Zone. (Photo from the Clark Development Corporation)

Disinfect to Protect: Lysol’s P36M funding to help Philippine Red Cross battle COVID-19

May 29, 2020 - 6:52 PM

The donation aims to boost mass testing and build a COVID-19 mass testing center in Cagayan De Oro City

Drilon asks PhilHealth to review P8,150 coronavirus testing package

May 20, 2020 - 10:10 PM

Senator Franklin Drilon warns PhilHealth President Ricardo Morales that the agency runs the risk of 'overspending or overreimbursing' if it does not review its current package

File photo of Senate Minority Floor Leader Franklin Drilon during a Senate hearing. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH Red Cross targets 12,000 coronavirus tests a day – Gordon

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:05 PM

According to PRC Chairman Richard Gordon, two other laboratories are still awaiting accreditation from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

[OPINION] My organization assists victims of war; what does COVID-19 mean for them?

Apr 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM

We see the world at its worst, which is why I want world leaders and governments to listen carefully: I am scared

Red Cross seeks $825 million to fight coronavirus pandemic

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:38 AM

'Viruses know no borders; this is a global problem that will only be solved by global action,' insists ICRC president Peter Maurer

BEDS. A volunteer walks past beds at the gymnasium of the closed Uranienborg school, where the Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter for homeless people due to the novel coronavirus pandemic on March 25, 2020 in Oslo. Photo by Heiko Junge/AFP

DOH eyes Quezon Institute, Philippine Red Cross as quarantine facilities

Mar 25, 2020 - 4:13 PM

The Department of Health is also looking into the possibility of transforming evacuation centers in schools into quarantine facilities for persons under monitoring and those probed for the coronavirus

QUEZON INSTITUTE. Photo from the Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc Facebook page

Red Cross official fired for failures at China virus epicenter

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Hubei Red Cross Vice President Zhang Qin was fired for 'dereliction of duty while receiving and distributing donated funds and goods'

RED CROSS. Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, walk at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020. Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

PH Red Cross calls for more volunteers amid Taal crisis

Jan 25, 2020 - 8:54 AM

'In a situation like this, even if we're resilient, we will need the help of our countrymen because recovery can't happen quickly. It will take time,' says Leonardo Ebajo, Philippine Red Cross Director for Disaster Management Service

RELIEF. The Philippine Red Cross distributes relief goods at the Batangas Sports Complex to over 1,000 families coming from various municipalities affected by the Taal eruption.  Photo by Tina Ganzon-Ozaeta

The Red Cross is teaching 'Fortnite' players to save, not take, lives

Jan 20, 2020 - 1:00 PM

A new mode gives players a glimpse of the humanitarian activities carried out by Red Cross workers

LIFERUN. Photo from ICRC.org


Millennials fear nuclear attack in the next decade – survey

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Some 47% of respondents to the poll of 16,000 young people also believe it was more likely than not that there would be a third world war in their lifetime

U2 plays 'Heroes' for volunteers, journalists: 'We salute you, truth-tellers'

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:19 PM

U2's frontman Bono recognizes Red Cross volunteers and journalists before launching into a cover of the David Bowie classic

SALUTE. U2 plays at the Philippine Arena on December 11. Rappler photo

U2's Bono launches blood delivery by drone service in PH

Dec 10, 2019 - 1:59 PM

(UPDATED) Zipline, of which U2 frontman Bono is a board member, will partner with the Philippine Red Cross to deliver blood and medical products by drone in the Philippines by 2020

LAUNCH. (L-R) US Ambassador Sung Kim, Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon, Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo, and U2 frontman Bono. Photo by Maria TAN / AFP

Afghan Taliban rescind ban on Red Cross

Sep 15, 2019 - 4:23 PM

The Taliban also restores security guarantees for those working for the ICRC

RED CROSS. In this file photo, an Afghan resident walks at the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) hospital in Herat province on August 17, 2014. Aref Karimi/AFP

13,000 houses damaged in 'catastrophic' Bahamas hurricane – Red Cross

Sep 02, 2019 - 9:56 PM

There is no immediate word on casualties in the low-lying islands

DORIAN. This satellite image obtained from NOAA/RAMMB, shows Tropical Storm Dorian as it approaches the Bahamas at 13:40 UTC on September 1, 2019. AFP PHOTO / NOAA/RAMMB/HANDOUT

More than 100 believed killed in Yemen air strike – ICRC

Sep 01, 2019 - 9:15 PM

The Saudi-led military coalition says it launched air strikes against a Huthi military target that 'stores drones and missiles'

Philippine Red Cross on hit-and-run incident: Responders not to blame

Aug 28, 2019 - 9:24 AM

The Philippine Red Cross dismisses allegations it failed to save the child hit by a car in Manila, saying he had already died when responders arrived

HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM. A 6-year-old hit-and-run victim is shielded by an umbrella as authorities wait for a vehicle to transport him. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

EU donates P5.7M to combat rising dengue cases in the Philippines

Aug 02, 2019 - 3:35 PM

The funding is expected to benefit some 300,000 people in Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Central Visayas, Metro Manila, and Western Visayas

DENGUE ALERT. Dengue patients are seen inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019, after the DOH declared a national Dengue alert following the rapid rise in cases across the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

At least 8 dead, 15 hurt in NLEX bus crash

Jun 28, 2019 - 11:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III has ordered his officials to issue a preventive suspension order against bus operator Buena Sher Transport 'as soon as possible'

The bodies of three passengers who was killed after a bus toppled in North Luzon Expressway Torres Bugallon, Valenzuela City. At least 8 people were killed after a bus toppled along North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) on Friday night, June 28, 2019. PHOT BY INOUE JAENA / RAPPLER

IN PHOTOS: ICRC President visits Marawi, notes 'the work is not yet done'

Jun 24, 2019 - 1:44 PM

International Committee of the Red Cross President Peter Maurer stresses the organization’s commitment to support the Philippine Red Cross’ capacity to respond to emergencies and armed conflict situations

WELCOME. ICRC President Peter Maurer with ICRC Regional Director Boris Michel, ICRC Head of Delegation Martin Thalmann, and ICRC Sub-delegation Head Roberto Petronio are welcomed by PRC staff and volunteers at the Bualan Spring Project in Lanao Del Sur on June 3, 2019. All photos by Alecs Ongcal/ICRC

5 dead, dozens missing in Uganda landslides – Red Cross

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Around 50 people are believed missing and 150 houses destroyed after the landslides in the foothills of Mount Elgon – an extinct volcano with 5 major peaks

MOUNT ELGON. This file photo shows Uganda's nature with the Mount Elgon national park in the background. Image via Shutterstock

13 dead as Sudan military rulers break up sit-in

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:16 PM

The military council has denied multiple reports of their forces violently dispersing the sit-in in front of army headquarters

Red Cross: Two years after Marawi siege, thousands of evacuees still homeless

May 26, 2019 - 12:15 AM

'We can only do so much. The authorities still have the primary responsibility of providing sustainable solutions to help the people of Marawi,' says the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross

TWO YEARS SINCE. Affected residents of Marawi City mark the 2nd anniversary of the Marawi siege. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

First Red Cross humanitarian aid arrives in Venezuela

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:04 AM

The shipment includes 24 tons of medical supplies and 14 power units to be distributed amongst 8 hospitals and 30 outpatient clinics – half of them public

RED CROSS AID. People queue to receive drums to collect water and water purification tablets from members of the Venezuelan Red Cross in Caricuao neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 16, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

2 million in need of aid after Iran floods – Red Crescent

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:01 PM

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies called the floods the 'largest disaster to hit Iran in more than 15 years'

IRAN FLOODS. Barricades are set up to contain water in a flooded street in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's Khuzestan province, on April 10, 2019. Photo by atta Kenar/AFP

Special forces in search for New Zealand nurse held hostage by ISIS

Apr 15, 2019 - 9:17 AM

Details of the kidnapping had been kept under wraps until the International Committee of the Red Cross appealed for news about Louisa Akavi and two Syrian drivers kidnapped with her in October 2013

KIDNAPPED. This combination of undated handout photographs released by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and created in Geneva Switzerland on April 14, 2019, shows (from): Syria's Alaa Rajab, New Zealand's Louisa Akavi and Syria's Nabil Bakdoune at undisclosed locations. (Handout/ICRC/AFP)

Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo 'spreading faster' – Red Cross

Apr 12, 2019 - 1:46 PM

The latest outbreak of the virus has killed more than 700 people

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

Bodybags, rats, waste: Disaster response turns to VR for grim training

Mar 27, 2019 - 2:28 PM

Virtual reality is increasingly sought after for skills training. Disaster zone rescue is the latest in a series of VR simulations from the Red Cross.

VR FOR TRAINING. This photo taken on February 26, 2019 shows a Thai forensic police officer using a virtual reality headset to search for victims in a simulated city in ruins at the police headquarters in Chon Buri province. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Red Cross sends water tanks to Rizal Medical Center in Pasig

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Rizal Medical Center in Pasig is among the hospitals hardest hit by the current water crisis

RESCUE. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque visits Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, to witness the distribution of water from the Philippine Red Cross and Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

LOOK: Measles vaccination in tents, fast-food chains

Feb 17, 2019 - 2:10 PM

The government targets to vaccinate about 12 million Filipinos against measles through its mass immunization campaign

MORE SPACE. Measles patients stay at the Red cross missiles care unit at San Lazaro in Manila on 13 February 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

The week in photos: February 9-15, 2019

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

WE ARE MARIA. Students and rights activists picket the NBI headquarters in Manila where Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is detained following her arrest for the charge of cyberlibel on February 13, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

(OPINION) What Nagasaki taught me: Nuclear weapons must be banned

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:36 PM

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement have long called for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons

IN PHOTOS: Rescue and retrieval operations in Camarines Sur

Jan 01, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The LPA that was Tropical Depression Usman leaves dozens of fatalities and damaged infrastructures

RETRIEVAL OPS. Members of the Philippine Red Cross - Camarines Sur carry a body bag containing a cadaver from a landslide area in the province. Photo courtesy of Philippine Red Cross - Camarines Sur

Firecrackers a waste of money and dangerous – Red Cross

Dec 29, 2018 - 4:46 PM

Red Cross advises the public to keep safe during the New Year's Eve revelry

Colombian rebel group ELN releases 6 hostages, says ICRC

Sep 13, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The group is handed over to a humanitarian commission made up of the Ombudsman, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Roman Catholic Church

RELEASED. This handout picture released by the Colombian Ombudsman Office shows hostages walking next to Ombudsman Carlos Alfonso Negret (L) after being released by the ELN guerrilla in Choco department, Colombia, on September 12, 2018. Handout photo by Colombian Ombudsman/AFP

40 children killed in Yemen bus strike – Red Cross

Aug 14, 2018 - 3:45 PM

The new casualty toll comes as a mass funeral is held for many of the dead children on Monday, August 13

AIR STRIKE. A man transports a child to a hospital after he was wounded in a reported air strike on the Iran-backed Huthi rebels' stronghold province of Saada on August 9, 2018. Photo by AFP

EU vows P9.2 million for flood victims in PH

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:30 PM

The European Union is extending this aid even as President Rodrigo Duterte lambasts them for supposedly interfering in his bloody anti-drug campaign

FLOODED. Residents brave knee-high flood along Antero Soriano Highway in General Trias, Cavite, due to Tropical Depression Josie and the southwest monsoon on July 22, 2018. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

48 killed as Uganda bus rams into tractor and truck

May 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

'Evacuation teams are working tirelessly to rescue the injured,' says an Ugandan police spokeswoman

The week in photos: April 21-27, 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 4:32 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge (L) turns to wave at the media as she is lead in with her brother Prince George of Cambridge (R) by their father Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (C) at the Lindo Wing of St Mary's Hospital in central London, on April 23, 2018, to visit Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and their new-born son. Kate, the wife of Britain's Prince William, has given birth to a baby son, Kensington Palace announced Monday. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 11:01 (1001 GMT)," the palace said in a statement. The baby boy weighs eight pounds and seven ounces (3.8 kilogrammes). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Papua New Guinea earthquake leaves 67 dead as aftershocks rock homes – Red Cross

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The recovery effort is slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior

HELP FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA. An undated handout photo received on March 5 from Oil Search Limited shows Oil Search staff helping locals distribute supplies from Oil Search and the Australian government in Papua New Guinea. Photo by Oil Search Ltd./ AFP

Pressure mounts to relieve 'hell on earth' in Syria enclave

Feb 22, 2018 - 12:56 PM

International pressure mounts to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs

VICTIMS. Wounded Syrian children receive treatment at a make-shift hospital in Kafr Batna following Syrian government bombardments on the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on February 21, 2018. Ammar Suleiman/AFP

LIST: Philippine Red Cross first aid stations at Nazareno 2018

Jan 05, 2018 - 10:03 PM

The Philippine Red Cross is deploying 2,000 staff and volunteers, 44 ambulances, an emergency medical unit, 4, plastic boats, a 6x6 truck, a fire truck, and a rescue truck for devotees who will need medical attention

NAZARENO. Devotees converged around Quiapo Church in Manila for the Thanksgiving Procession ahead of the feast of the Black Nazarene on January 9. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Medical evacuations begin from besieged Syria rebel bastion

Dec 27, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Red Crescent official Ahmed al-Saour says 29 seriously ill people were due to be evacuated

EVACUATE. Syrian staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross take part in an evacuation operation in Douma in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on December 26, 2017. Photo by ABDULMONAM EASSA/AFP

#ReliefPH: Philippine Red Cross to accept cash donations for Vinta victims

Dec 27, 2017 - 11:01 AM

Read this to know how you can help victims of Severe Tropical Storm Vinta through the Philippine Red Cross

PH Red Cross staff, volunteers to spend Christmas with victims of Urduja, Vinta

Dec 24, 2017 - 4:08 PM

The Philippine Red Cross says its staff and volunteers will continue to work double time to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by the two tropical storms

China donates P5.1 million for Urduja-hit areas

Dec 20, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Counsellor Sun Yi of the Chinese embassy in the Philippines turns over the humanitarian aid to the Philippine Red Cross

The Catmon Bridge in Biliran is impassable after it was destroyed when Typhoon Urduja ravaged some parts of Eastern and Western Visayas as it made its landfall on December 16, Saturday. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte then visited the hard-hit areas on December 18, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Groups provide relief aid to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 20, 2017 - 1:27 PM

The Philippine Red Cross and Caritas Philippines respond to the needs of those affected by Urduja in Biliran