- Posted September 19, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Why No Bullet Proof Vest
During the September 19, 2013 forum of the Liga ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas or the League of Broadcasters in the Philippines, discussed was the situation of the conflict stricken Zamboanga City in the Philippines.
Guest, Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, stated that 12 volunteers, 1 female and 11 males, namely, Dr. Kelly Geronimo, Gabriel Sision, Karbie Alvendia, Aibsar Harmin, Keren Ganza, Michael Jan Yucor, Nelil Sapal, Benrauf Jilluh, Michael Miranda, Jeremy Balbon, Abdulkhafidz Ibnohassan, and Jayson Agustin, were wounded.
“They are minor injuries...One bone fracture. They went back to volunteering the next day.” Pang explained. “Their parents were in the hospital with them and they expressed how proud they are of their children's volunteerism.” She added.
There are 30 evacuation centers in Zamboanga. 40,000 evacuees are sheltered in Joaquin F. Enriquez sports complex, also known as the Grandstand.
Philippine Red Cross or PRC distributed utensils and avoided giving away disposables since the evacuation areas do not have proper disposal system. Also given to the families were hygiene kits, sleeping mats and blankets.
“In Lamitan, there are 1,300 families in evacuation areas. We are looking for a private vessel to help deliver aid to the needy in Basilan and Jolo.” Pang said.
The tension started again in Sta. Catalina yesterday at 7:00 AM according to Pang.
When asked why Red Cross volunteers do not wear bullet proof vests, Pang answered, “The red cross emblem tells all groups to respect and recognize all volunteers as impartial humanitarian actors. The red cross and red crescent emblems are symbols of neutrality and protection, as defined by the Geneva Conventions.”
Photo above shows Ms. Gwendolyn Pang in red.