A new building that will house the
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Cebu Chapter-Bogo Branch will soon rise
within the New City Hall Compound in Bogo City, Cebu.
The branch building will be built on a
1,000 square meters of lot in the aforementioned site which was donated
to the PRC last year by the municipality of Bogo, under the
administration of then Mayor Celestino Martinez.
Senator Richard Gordon, who is
concurrent chairman and CEO of the PRC, will lead the groundbreaking
ceremony and laying of time capsule in the site where the new building
will rise. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the PRC and the
municipality of Bogo will also be signed by both parties during the
event with respect to the use of land by the PRC good for 50 years.
“The establishment of a branch in Bogo
City will further bring Philippine Red Cross services nearer and more
accessible to people in the northern part of Cebu. People from Bogo and
neighboring municipalities will not have to go far to access Red Cross
services like blood as the new building will have a blood collecting
station,” said Senator Gordon.
The groundbreaking ceremony and MOU
signing will likewise be graced by municipality of Bogo officials led by
Mayor Carlo Martinez and Vice Mayor Maria Cielo Martinez, with former
Bogo City Mayor Celestino Martinez.
Funding for the construction of the
building will come from the PRC Haiyan Recovery Operation, with the
support from partner national societies in the Red Cross and Red
The move to establish a PRC branch in
Bogo was strongly supported by the community which sees the need for the
Red Cross to continue its presence in the communities it assisted in
the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan).
The Philippine Red Cross has assisted
thousands of families in the province of Cebu as part of the Haiyan
Recovery Operation. To date, 8,020 shelters have been built and
reconstructed, and some 8,354 families have been given livelihood
assistance in the municipalities of Bantayan, Daanbantayan, Madridejos,
San Remigio and Bogo City.
There are also 12 health facilities
that have been constructed and rehabilitated in Bogo, Daanbantayan, San
Remigio and Tabuelan; while 8 water, sanitation and hygiene facilities
have been constructed and rehabilitated in schools in Daanbantayan, Bogo
and San Remigio.