LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Police Regional Office-Cordillera has provided relief assistance to more than 13,000 indigent families in the region through the “Kapwa ko, Sagot Ko, Adopt-a-Family Program” of the Philippine National Police.
PRO-Cor Information Officer, Maj. Carol Lacuata, said the initiative aimed to augment the support of the government to indigent families who were affected by the implementation of the enhanced and general community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease-2019 (Covid-19).
Personnel from the regional headquarters to the provincial, city, and municipal stations contributed cash totaling P10 million, which was used to purchase basic commodities such rice, canned goods, noodles, and sugar; and non-food items that were distributed to the beneficiaries.
The different police units identified their recipients from the poorest of the poor in the community, elders and persons with disability, those who are living alone in far-flung areas, and those who were not yet reached by local or national government agencies.
As of May 20, PRO-Cor has reached out to 12,898 indigent families in the region.
Aside from the food items, Cordillera police units also provided face masks to the beneficiaries as part of the pre-cautionary measures against the Covid-19.
PNP Chief Archie Gamboa earlier called on all police officers in the country to adopt an indigent family in their respective areas of responsibility and provide them with food packs, grocery items, and financial assistance good for at least one week.
“As the PNP expressed its support to President Rodrigo Duterte in implementing a total lockdown for the good of the country and the people, we recognize the hardship of poor families particularly those who have no permanent residences,” Gamboa said. – Redjie M. Cawis