PNP raised over P228 M in donations to augment SAP, turns it over to DoF

Published May 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Aaron Recuenco

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has turned over the P228 million it raised from the donations of its more than 200,000 uniformed personnel and civilian employees to the Department of Finance.


PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said the money will serve as an augmentation to the cash assistance of the government to the poor under the Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

“This is our own version of SAP, or Sariling Alay ng Pulis, for the poor people who were severely affected by the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ),” said Gamboa.

Amid complaints of insufficient funds to help the poor, Gamboa moved to raise P200 million from the donations of PNP personnel. The project, dubbed as Bayanihan Fund Challenge, was implemented by Maj. Gen. Benigno Durana, head of the Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR).

The more than P228 million donation was turned over by Gamboa to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez.

Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac, PNP spokesman, said PNP personnel gave their donations from their salary as a way of helping the poor.

“Aside from our fight against COVID-19, the most challenging battle our government and the rest of the nation is facing is our struggle against poverty, which [affects] majority of Filipinos—the homeless, daily wage earners, marginalized, and the poorest of the poor throughout the country,” said Banac.

He revealed that this Bayanihan Fund Challenge was conducted together with another PNP voluntary donation drive called “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko!” Adopt a Family Program, wherein 205,000 personnel of the PNP support poor families in their localities.

Banac urged other people to do the same.

“We encourage our financially-abled countrymen to support poor Filipinos sustain this battle against this new virus. We can only win this war against COVID-19 if we will unite as one nation to support and follow government, as well as to help take care of our fellow Filipinos not only to fight the contagion but also poverty throughout this pandemic,” said Banac.