Red Cross, SBMA, Olongapo, PCG volunteer rescue teams dispatched to Pangasinan
Volunteers of PNRC, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Philippine Coast Guard were mobilized to rescue thousands of families who were affected by heavy flooding in Pangasinan by Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Chairman Senator Richard Gordon.
On Thursday, Gordon asked United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to encourage get American soldiers to convert from their military mission to a humanitarian mission in Pangasinan.
Gordon immediately sent three (3) rubber boats from SBMA, manned by Red Cross volunteers from SBMA and Olongapo, onboard one (1) PNRC heavy 6x6 truck and one (1) SBMA rescue van headed by Ranny Magno.
Gordon also dispatched Olongapo City Disaster Teams headed by Angie Layug with two (2) rubber boats on board two (2) rescue vans, one (1) dump truck with several men. He also asked help from his brother Olongapo Mayor James Gordon to send well-trained rescue teams then immediate headed to Dagupan.
In coordination with the US military and the Philippine military, Gordon sent 6 rubber boats with 6 teams from the PNRC National Headquarters. These groups were dispatched to Rosales, Villasis and Lingayen to rescue people.
On Friday, three (3) more rescue boats were dispatched to Dagupan from PNRC National Headquarters and another two (2) to Lingayen with the Philippine Coast Guard helping the Red Cross volunteers.