By Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra, June 20 (PIA) — The new set of Board of Directors (BOD) of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) – Abra Chapter was urged to rejuvenate the chapter during a general assembly conducted on June 13 at the Provincial Capitol Social Hall.
Abra is one of the original chapters of the Philippine National Red Cross established in the country.
PRC-Abra Chapter Administrator Manuel James Laygo posed the challenge to the new set of BOD to help intensify their campaign for more membership especially in the recruitment for the “143 Program” of the PRC.
The “143 Program” of the PRC, which stands for I Love You Red Cross, aims to organize at least 44 volunteers composed of a leader and 43 members in every barangay or community.
In the “143 Red Cross,” members are trained on basic life support and first-aid to equip them of the proper and appropriate know-how of handling patients in times of distress.
Laygo said that the PRC membership will not only help in the generation of funds for the organization to sustain its operations and continuing involvement of the volunteers, but will likewise offer special privileges and benefits to the members such as the insurance that is given to every PRC member.
He also reported during the general assembly that they have generated funds only in the amount of more than P600,000 which is way below the target of P2 million required for the procurement of the basic facilities needed in the establishment of a blood bank and to sustain the training needs of the volunteers who form part of the Emergency Response Teams in times of emergencies.
Meanwhile, the PRC-Abra staff is now preparing to come up with a regular newsletter with the Philippine Information Agency-Abra Infocen. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR, Abra)#