PH Red Cross pays tribute to outgoing Australian Ambassador Robinson

The PHILIPPINE Red Cross (PRC) Chief Executive Officer, Richard Gordon, recognized the Australian Government’s contribution to the PRC, particularly its Covid-19 response operations, and paid tribute to the outgoing Ambassador of Australia to the Philippines, Steven Robinson.

In his speech at a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador, Gordon thanked Australia for its support in the timely establishment of the PRC Molecular Laboratory in the Manila port area, the largest of its kind in the Philippines.

The lab was established in June 2020, three months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Covid-19 a global pandemic and the Philippine government declared a community quarantine in the capital region. national.

Gordon noted that Australia was also one of the first to donate negative pressure ambulance units to the PRC, which are designed to transport patients with contagious diseases, such as Covid-19 patients. . Gordon also thanked the Australian Embassy for donating a Hyundai HD65-based catering truck, which is part of the PRC’s Hot Meals on Wheels program, one of the PRC’s interventions in affected communities. by disaster.

“We have a friendship that we will never forget,” he said.

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In his response, Ambassador Robinson thanked the Australian Agency for International Development for making these achievements possible and described the camaraderie between the PRC and the Australian Embassy as “intense”.

Dutch Ambassador Monica van Daalen, Australian Embassy Counselor Thanh Le, New Zealand Embassy First Secretary Julian Tollestrup, International Federation of Red Cross Societies Gopal Mukherjee and Red Crescent, Nathan Ramalingopillai of the German Red Cross were also present at the event. Cross, Paul Anthony Drossou of the Netherlands Red Cross, Megan Kate Lilley of the Finnish Red Cross and officials from the PRC.

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