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Red Cross is more than just about blood

Tacloban City (September 25) -- The Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) is more than just about blood, Assistant Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang informed the media practitioners of Tacloban City, during the press conference conducted by the Philippine Information Agency at the VIP Lounge of the Tacloban City DZR Airport at 7:00 o'clock in the morning of September 24.

Ms. Pang said that the reason for her visit to Tacloban together with Mr. Adonis Zeta who is the youth manager, is for the Red Cross Youth Service to launch the distribution of school supplies and sports equipments to selected depressed schools in Leyte and Biliran provinces which were earlier identified by the Department of Education Leyte Division.

The school supplies were founded by the Japanese Red Cross Youth under the International Friendship Program with the objective of fostering friendship, peace and understanding among youth in the community.

Mr. Zeta on the other hand, informed that at least three times a year since three years ago, the Japanese Red Cross have been sending groups of Japanese youth for cultural exchanges. The young Japanese present their songs and dances and also culinary arts and the Filipino counterparts do the same, Mr. Zeta said.

Aside from the distribution of school supplies and sports equipments, the Japanese Red Cross also sponsors the Water for Health program where deep wells are constructed in the different schools. In a way, Miss Pang said, the community also benefits because the people in the community also use the well for the water supply.

Miss Pang and Mr. Zeta were accompanied by the PNTC Leyte Chapter Chairperson Ms. Cirila Villegas and Vice Chairperson Mrs. Aurora Villarente together with Leyte Administrator Mrs. Marcela Pagasartonga.

The group will distribute the school supplies at the Yapad Elementary School in Pastrana; Taguite Elementary School in Babartngon; Cancayang Elementary School in Javier; Rawis Elementary School in Calubian, all in the province of Leyte ; and at Canila Elementary School in Biliran, Biliran.

On September 26, Mr. Zeta informed, school supplies and sports equipments will also be distributed in about eight schools in Eastern Samar. (PIA 8) [top]

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