Issue of June 11, 2017
Mt. Province

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Red Cross vows to protect official emblem from misuse
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

The Baguio City chapter of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has committed not to allow the name of the organization and its official symbol to be misused by any entity.

In the “commitment to make Baguio City Chapter a Red Cross emblem misuse-free” signed by Mayor Mauricio Domogan, PRC honorary chairperson and Atty. Erdolfo Balajadia, PRC Baguio board chair, the group vowed to value and honor the official seal of the PRC and prevent any unscrupulous persons or entities from taking advantage of the PRC logo in keeping with the culture of responsibility.

They said the use of the name “Red Cross” and use of the emblem of the Red Greek Cross on a white background is reserved exclusively for the Philippine Red Cross, medical services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and such other medical facilities or other institutions as may be authorized by the PRC as provided under Article 44 of the Geneva Convention.

“It shall be unlawful for any persons or entity to use the words Red Cross or Geneva Cross or to use the emblem of the Red Greek Cross on a white background or any designation, sign or insignia constituting an imitation thereof for any purpose whatsoever,” the document read.

Republic Act 10072 or the Philippine Red Cross Act of 2009 renamed the Philippine National Red Cross as PRC and recognizes it as an independent, autonomous, non-governmental organization auxiliary to the authorities of the country in the humanitarian field.

This is in conformity with the Geneva Convention of 1949 and their additional protocols, and the Statues of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

It establishes and promotes the development of a recognized independent and autonomous non-governmental Red Cross Society that shall provide humanitarian relief in times of peace and conflict, pursuant to the Philippine Constitution, which provides for the adoption of the gene-rally accepted principles of international as part of the law of the land.

According to the Wikipedia, the Red Cross emblem, as one of the protection symbols, should be used without any additional specification, textual or otherwise, and in a prominent manner. It added any Red Cross on white background should be valid and must be recognized as a protection symbol during a conflict.

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