As of May 18, 2020, the Ifugao Provincial Police Office (IPPO), the 11 municipal police stations and the provincial mobile force company served a total of 1,134 families in the province through its “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko!” Adopt a Family Program.
This program that aims to support countless indigent families whose health and well-being are at risk particularly during Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period was launched through the IPPO’s Provincial Community Affairs Development Unit last April 2.
Last month, Chief PNP Police General Archie Francisco F Gamboa called on all police officers in the country to adopt an indigent family in their respective areas of responsibility by providing them with food packs, grocery items and financial assistance good for at least one week.
Ifugao police personnel shelled out cash and in-kind donations worth Php 941,168 which were given to recipients consisting of differently-abled people, senior citizens, solo parents and sick individuals recommended by barangay officials.
IPPO Director Colonel David Mariano also encouraged every personnel to give aid to stranded neighbors and relatives or those whose livelihoods were affected due to the implementation of the ECQ.
“This pandemic crisis is a perfect avenue for everyone to spread love and be a blessing to our beloved kababayans in our own little ways. The implementation of the program will continue until finally we will win the war vs COVID-19,” he added.
Aside from the “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko!” Adopt a Family Program, the IPPO designed an identical activity called “Your sunset is my dawn” to help grandparents in coping with boredom and depression brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chosen clienteles were visited, given gifts, rendered songs and prayers and listened to their sentiments on the on-going crisis and other concerns.
“Through these activities, the community will feel the love, care and presence of the Police gaining their trust and confidence that would build up to a harmonious PNP-Community interaction and partnership in the maintenance of peace and order in the province,” Mariano said. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon