MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday announced that it has so far gathered PHP69.1 million from voluntary contributions from its personnel to help those greatly affected by the enhanced community quarantine.

In a statement, Maj. Gen. Benigno Durana Jr., director for police-community relations, said that as of Wednesday afternoon, cash donations have been collected and pledges continue to pour in from the leaders of the command groups, Directorial staff, Police Regional Offices, National Support Unit, and star rank or top echelon officers and their staff under the PNP Bayanihan Challenge.

On Tuesday, PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, said he is targeting to reach an approximate PHP200 million worth of donations from all personnel.

He said the Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge has been launched to help the national government in providing help for the “poorest of the poor”.

The funds would augment the government’s budget for marginalized sectors affected by the quarantine, Gamboa added.

Gamboa said no standard amount of donation is required.

Leaders in the command group, directorial staff, police regional offices, national support units, and all star rank officers have pledged to donate 50 percent of their salary for the month of May.

“More than our services this is our golden opportunity to selflessly share, provide social and moral support and economic relief to our fellow Filipinos who belong to the poorest of the poor,” Gamboa said in his message to the public. (PNA)

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