The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on June 15 this year stating NCAA’s support to PRC’s Red Cross 143 volunteer and blood donation programs.
NCAA member schools that are part of the MOA are the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta, Mapua Institute of Technology, De La Salle College of St. Benilde, Jose Rizal University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, San Sebastian College, Letran, Arellano University, Lyceum of the Philippines University and San Beda College.
Athletes and players from ten NCAA member schools and colleges pledged to be active blood donors and join Red Cross 143 volunteers.
Red Cross 143 is a flagship volunteer program of PRC that recruits and trains 44 volunteers in every barangay – one leader and 43 members – to serve as Red Cross humanitarian soldiers on the ground in times of disasters and other emergency. Red Cross 143 volunteers also serve as walking blood donors with list of potential donors in their community who can be on call anytime the need for blood arises.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon envisions this program not only in barangays or communities but also in all schools, colleges and universities worldwide.
Red Cross Act 2010 or the Republic Act 10072 states on Section 4-g “to make every citizen and/or resident of the Philippines a member of the Philippine Red Cross.” PRC envisions Philippine as a country full of dedicated volunteers.
The said Republic Act, which was passed in 2010 through the efforts of Gordon, who was also a former senator, is basically a move to further strengthen PRC’s ability to respond to Filipinos’ humanitarian needs in times of armed conflicts, natural disasters, and other emergencies.
“This will be beneficial to our young athletes as they will have a hands-on experience in the most respected and largest humanitarian organization in the world. They will be trained by our professional first aiders and emergency responders,” said Gordon.
From Philippine Red Cross