MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday said it is set to turn over PHP220.3 million to the National Treasury from voluntary contributions of its personnel to help those affected by the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
In a virtual presser, PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa thanked all PNP personnel who voluntarily contributed to its Bayanihan Fund challenge, which has an initial target of PHP200 million.
“As the Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge culminates today and after some accounting and auditing procedures to ensure transparency and accountability, we are now ready to turn-over the full amount of PHP220,371,471 to the national treasury to augment government funds for social amelioration programs to feed the poorest of poor and help the needy,” Gamboa said.
The PNP also launched a program called “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko,” where cops are encouraged to adopt an indigent family by providing them food packs or grocery items and financial aid for at least a week.
“The people can expect that the police force will continue to help not just in maintaining peace and order in the community but also in helping the less fortunate at all times,” he said.
Meanwhile, the PNP is set to unveil four mega emergency quarantine facilities in Camp Crame.
The facilities, which have a total capacity of 120 beds, are quarantine areas designed to complement the capacity of hospitals and medical institutions.
“The PNP assumed management and operations of the 294-bed quarantine facility at the PICC, while we are making final preparations to operate and manage another quarantine facility at the PhilSports Complex that can accommodate 156 patients with mild to moderate cases,” Gamboa said.
To date, the PNP has recorded 96 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with three deaths and 12 recoveries.
Gamboa said the PNP is also looking forward to developing their own Covid-19 testing center in their existing DNA laboratory and at the PNP General Hospital. (ia/PNA)