March 20, 2023

Aside from supervising checkpoints to make sure people stay in their homes, police in Benguet have also reached out to families who were adversely affected by the enhanced community quarantine.

The municipal police stations have been delivering food supplies to indigent families identified as beneficiaries of the Philippine National Police’s “Adopt-a-Family” initiative.

In Bakun, personnel under the leadership of Capt. John S. Dangiwan reached out to the family of 89-year-old Guinapia Palong, a widow, who lives with her three children who have disabilities. Two of them, 57 and 51 years old, are mute while her 62 years old son has visual impairment.

Two of her children have their own families to attend to.

“Personnel of this office led by Police Executive Master Sergeant Aldrin M. Contada had to travel for two hours and walk for an hour to reach (Palong’s) residence at Sitio Masalin, Dalipey to provide some food ration (that could last for a week). We believe that this simple way of helping them may strengthen their faith, hope, and love that during these trying times, God’s blessings come in many ways,” Bakun MPS said in their Facebook post.

In Kapangan, personnel led by Capt. Jerry T. Pangosfian, reached out to the Mayos family at Sitio Danoshew, Datakan. The family has 10 members.

“This (police) office chose them as the adopted indigent family and delivered relief goods that would help sustain their basic needs. The goods were (pooled from the) Kapangan MPS personnel, donations from Good Samaritans, and from the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office under Marlon Baso,” Kapangan MPS shared on their Facebook.

The local police of Kabayan under Capt. Peter D. Camsol, Jr. has also tied up with Councilor Ghislyn Marave and provided food to 74-year-old Simeona Alperes, a farmer of Barangay Pacso.

Personnel of Bokod, Tublay, Buguias, and Kibungan also conducted the same initiative and delivered food packs and hygiene kits to beneficiaries of the adopt-a-family initiative. – Jane B. Cadalig