MANILA, Philippines — In partnership with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Batangas Chapter and RCS Logistics Phils Inc., Filipino-owned motorycle hailing app JoyRide has extended help to the victims of Taal volcano eruption by initiating relief operations and recovery efforts in Batangas on Sunday.
JoyRide has prepared and delivered two trucks of relief goods containing food and other items such as clothes, sleeping mats, medicines, face masks, towels and blankets and hygiene kits as well as toiletries at the PRC Batangas Chapter located along Capitol Site, Kumintang Ibaba, Batangas City.
In collaboration with PRC and RCS Logistics Phils Inc., JoyRide has gathered donations and relief goods to distribute for the communities and families affected by Taal Volcano eruption in its on boarding facility along Antipolo, Rizal which started from January 16 to January 18.
PRC Batangas Operations Officer Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chester Keith Villafuerte said the initiative of JoyRide successfully fill the gap in the non-food items needed by the evacuees in Batangas.
He also underscored that the relief goods given by the company were really a big help for victims of eruption who are now staying in 300 evacuation centers in Batangas.
“Sobrang laki po ng tulong ng JoyRide kasi as of now, isang evacuation pa lang ang natutulungan namin wherein 244 barangays, 12 municipalities, two cities were affected. So sa lawak po, lahat yun halos nasa evacuation center, we have 300 more than evacuation centers so itong aid na ito, ito yung kailangan nila ngayon,” Villafuerte said.
“Based on our assessment, may mga nagkakasakit, nagkakalagnat, nagkakaubo, nagkakasipon dahil yung iba sa sahig na lang natutulog, so through this, maalleviate natin at mauplift ang dignity para naman mas maging okay sila while they are staying in the evacuation centers,” he added.
Aside from the relief operations, Villafuerte said the evacuees also need physchological activities aside from the food and non-food items given by JoyRide.
“Aside from the services, the evacuees need psychological activities kahit papaano maaliw sila, sa bata naman kailangan nila ng mga laruan. These are the possible needs as of now, sa ngayon,” he said.
Villafuerte also asked the support of public by donating food and non-food items for the families affected in Batangas City.
“For those who wanted to donate, I would like to remind na ito po ay matagal kasi hindi ito katulad ng bagyo na after a week tapos na kasi una, uncertain pa po yung activity ng bulkan according to PHIVOLCS nakaraise pa rin ang alert level 4 so yung kung ang tanong kung puputok pa siya, yes there is a possibility pa,” the officer said.
The PRC Batangas Chapter said they are expecting more donations from their national headquarter and from their other partners.
“We make sure as many as we can na matulungan natin ang evacuees through Joyride and other partners. Ginagawa namin lahat ng makakaya namin and if we have more partners, maeextend pa natin sa iba ang tulong because Red Cross really depends sa mga donation coming outside,” he added.
Meanwhile, Noli Eala, Vice President for Corporate Affairs of JoyRide said that he was very grateful for the support of public in helping the victims of the eruption.
“I’m very happy that our riders are willing to help each other especially the victims. We are just a vehicle to transport the donations at makarating sa Batangas yung support na kailangan nila,” Eala added.
“Kung kailangan pa rin ng assistance, tuloy tuloy pa rin kami na magpapaabot ng tulong hanggang sa may pangangailangan ang kababayan. Nandito pa rin ang mga Kasundo bikers na tutulong sa kanila,” he added. (Benjie Cuaresma/IAMIGO/Currentph.com)