The Cebu Provincial Government partnered with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) to produce more volunteers by enrolling some of the Capitol personnel to the program.
Gov. Hilario P. Davide III, in behalf of the Capitol, signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the PRC represented by Secretary General Elizabeth Zavalla on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Capitol will allocate at least P3 milion, which will be charged against the Province’s disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) fund, for the project.
According to the MOA, the Province will sponsor and endorse personnel who will join as volunteers or members of the PRC.
“The Cebu Provincial Government is desirous to support the Philippine Red Cross in its advocacies including but not limited to the disaster risk reduction, safety and the well-being of the general public, blood drive, volunteerism and health and recruit more volunteers,” a part of the MOA read.
PRC will enroll the new volunteers from Capitol to its Membership with Accidental Assistance Benefit (MAAB) program.
Each membership registration package costs P1,000 per registered member that will cover accidental assistance benefits, such as accidental death, disablement and dismemberment; unprovoked murder and assault; accidental medical reimbursement; burial assistance; and hospital daily allowance for a maximum of 60 days.
Of the P3 million, P2 million of this fund will be used for the membership registration of the Capitol personnel.
The remaining P1 millon will be used for the capacity building of the sponsored volunteers through a disaster management training and safety courses to be conducted by the PRC.
“The Philippine Red Cross will register all members as Red Cross 143 Volunteers. Orientations and trainings for Red Cross 143 volunteers will be given to all registered members on their respective area by the local chapter of the Philippine Red Cross,” the MOA read.
This project sealed by the Capitol and the PRC is headed by the Provincial DRRM Office, in coordination with the Provincial Administrator’s Office and the Human Resource Management Office.
Provincial Budget Officer Danilo Rodas and PRC Cebu Chapter Administrator Maria Vera De Jesus signed the MOA as witnesses.
The MOA signing, which was held at the Governor’s Office conference room, was attended by some of the department heads, Capitol employees and PRC members.
Provincial DRRM Officer Baltazar Tribunalo Jr. said the MOA signing is a first in the country where a provincial government will enroll its employees as volunteers to PRC and avail themselves of an accident insurance.
Zavalla said their partnership with the Provincial Government is very important for PRC to be able to attain their objective, which is to train many people in disaster preparedness and resiliency.
“In the international community of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, every 190 members of the federation they are being encouraged to train people in the community, in places of work, in schools for them to become resilient so that in case of any eventuality, in case of any emergency or disaster they will be able to survive. They will be able to really face the challenge. They will have an understanding of preparedness and how to be ready when the emergency comes in. So this is very timely because in addition to this, we have also signed our agreement with the Department of Education and in that agreement we will get two teachers in every school (to train them),” she said.
According to Zavalla, after the training of the teachers, the PRC will also train the students in first aid, DRRM, volunteering work and all activities of PRC.
“This is a very important partnership with the PRC. We need more and more of this kind of undertaking. Thank you very much to the Provincial Government, to the governor and vice governor,” she added.