Born officially in 1947, the Philippine Red Cross serves as an auxiliary to the government to provide relief, health and welfare assistance to the most vulnerable people in the country.

The National Society adopts a holistic approach to its humanitarian work and offers a wider array of services from preventive medicine to therapeutic counselling, to youth leadership. The National Society works in partnership with non-government agencies and with private groups to achieve effective networking and implementation of its services.

Launched in 2009, its ambitious volunteer programme, ‘Red Cross 143’, aims to train 1.8 million volunteers nationwide in community based disaster preparedness and response, as well as in first aid.

Philippine Red Cross Society

37 EDSA corner Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550

Branch Offices: With a total of 86 chapters and 16 sub chapters (totalling 103 chapters nationwide) the Philippine Red Cross is represented across all provinces

Date Established: Formed and recognised by the ICRC and IFRC in 1947.

Funding: Philippine Red Cross, through its various fund campaign programs and special events, relies on public and private individual and corporate support to sustain its humanitarian efforts.

IFRC Country Delegation? Yes

Key Persons Chairman: Mr. Richard Gordon. Secretary General: Atty. Oscar Palabyab

Legal Status: The consolidation of the Senate Bill 3285 and House Bill 6509 was signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and is now known as Republic Act No. 10072 or The Philippine Red Cross Act of 2009. The Act reaffirms the country’s “conformity with the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and their additional protocols, and the Statutes of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,” as well as a confirmation of Philippine Red Cross’ stand as a “voluntary, independent and autonomous nongovernmental society auxiliary to the authorities of the Republic of the Philippines in the humanitarian field.” According to the Act, the Philippine Red Cross is exempt from real property taxes, direct and indirect taxes, duties and fees that emerge from its operations and its exclusive importations and purchases.

Major Partners: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
Partners: German, Japanese, American, Australian, Netherlands, China, Swiss, Spanish, Norwegian and Finnish Red Cross Societies, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

People reached: The number of people reached by the long-term services and development programmes was 1,639,247 in 2015.

Volunteers: 249,127 active volunteers, as of 31 March 2017, composed of 143 volunteers from Red Cross, Red Cross Youth, Red Cross Action Team (RCAT), Red Cross Youth (RCY), and First Aiders

Community-Based Disaster Management

Volunteer Toolkit

School Based Resources

Get Ready for Disasters series:

Board Game

Educational board game that deals with multi-hazard disaster preparedness and prevention

Board Game
Rules of the game
Question spaces (Tarsier) and explanations (see details in Rules)
Surprise spaces (Eagle) and explanations (see details in Rules)

What to Do with Disasters series [Filipino]

2016 editions

2015 editions

Document library - Philippines