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Philippine National Red Cross looks to recruit 1.8 million volunteers for disaster training

The Philippines has continued to get hit by natural disasters in recent months. In an attempt to help citizens during times of trouble, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) is looking to train 1.8 million volunteers, IRIN reports.

The new program, Red Cross 143, has its sights set on training 44 volunteers from each of the nation's 42,000 villages in order to have some level of disaster management throughout the country, according to the source.

"The nature of disasters and calamities is that they happen anywhere," Gwendolyn Pang, PNRC secretary-general, told the publication. "We need people on the ground to be our eyes and ears. They can give us immediate situation updates as they occur."

The Center for Research and Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) along with the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction have found that the Philippines had an alarming 33 natural disasters in 2011 alone. The nation typically experiences 20 typhoons each year.

Residents interested in becoming a part of the national humanitarian group will get educated on disaster preparedness and response and first aid. The news outlet reports each person will also be trained in "monitoring and evaluation in times of disaster and emergencies."
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