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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Rescue of 88 M/V Baleno passengers


A survivor of a ferry that sunk in central Philippines is consoled by Philippine National Red Cross Chairman and Senator Gordon at Batangas port (photo source: www.reuters.com)


True to his promise of saving Filipino lives from disaster and poverty, Sen. Richard Gordon was first to arrive in Batangas City last Sunday to direct the Red Cross search and rescue for 88 passengers of the sunken MV Baleno 9.
 
Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), arrived at the Batangas City port shortly after midnight on Sunday, less than three hours after MV Baleno sunk with 88 passengers onboard from Calapan City to Batangas City.

A few hours after its sinking, Gordon organized the PNRC's rescue mission with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), rescuing 63 people from the mishap.

The PNRC has deployed four rubber boat teams to help in the search for 22 passengers still missing from the sinking of the ferry boat. The PNRC also has five ambulances at the Batangas Port where the search and rescue operations are based.

Gordon's speedy response to the sinking of MV Baleno is understandable, him being the chairman of PNRC and having access to its army of volunteers and equipment.

He is running for President under a platform of transforming the nation and saving the people not only from natural disasters, but also from hunger and poverty.

But regardless of whether he is running or not, Gordon has consistently delivered his work to save lives and turn adversity into opportunities. During the onslaught of "Ondoy" and "Pepeng" this year, Gordon led the PNRC in giving relief to thousands of families that lost their homes and displaced by floods.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Rommel said...

Nitong mga nakaraang araw, 2 magkasunod na sakuna na may kinalaman sa transportasyong pangtubig ang nangyari (MV Catalyn/FV Nathalia collision at MV Baleno sinking). Isa na naman itong malungkot na karanasan para sa mga kapwa nating Pilipino. Nakikiramay po ako sa mga pamilya ng mga naging biktima ng sakuna.

Sa mga tatakbong presidente sino sa kanila ang tumulong kaagad sa mga biktima at umaksyon sa problemang kapabayaan ng mga may-ari ng mga ferry-boats? Hindi si Noynoy, Hindi si Gibo, Hindi si Villar... Mabilis ang pagresponde ni Gordon kasama ang mga katulad nyang volunteers ng Philippine National Red Cross. Nanguna sila sa pagbigay ng relief at pagsasagawa ng search and rescue operations sa mga sakay ng mga lumubog na ferries. Sa Senado, mag-isa nyang kinastigo kaagad ang mga tao na responsable sa trahedyang ito. Sa Bicol, nandun din sya para magbigay tulong medical at relief operation sa mga Mayon Volcano evacuees

Isa na naman itong pagkakataon na nagpapakita kung gaano kalaki ang pagmamalasakit at galing sa pagserbisyo sa publiko ni Gordon. Nasaan ang mga kasama nyang senador? nasaan ang mga katunggali nya sa pagkapresidente? Nandon, nagbabakasyon kasama ang pamilya. Masaya at nasa ligtas na kalagayan. Pero si Gordon, iisipin mo nakasama kaya nya ang pamilya nya para magNoche Buena at magbukas ng regalo noong Pasko? Nauna sa kanya ang paglingkod sa mga nangangailangan. Ang mga kritiko nya, sasabihin, political ploy lang ang lahat ng ito. Doon sila nagkakamali. Ito lang ay maliwanag na pagpapakita ng tapat na pagtupad sa kanyang sinumpaang responsibilidad bilang Chairman ng Philippine National Red Cross. Nanguna sa pagimbestiga ng mga responsable bilang Chairman ng Senate Blue Ribbon Committee. Palagi nyang sinasabi na gampanan mong mabuti ang trabaho mo. Ngayon, pinapakita nya na ginagawa ang kung ano ang sinasabi nya. Isinusulong nya ang Volunteerism. Alam nyo bang sya mismo ay 40 years ng volunteer sa Red Cross. Practice what you preach. Hindi lang puro salita....

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