BARANGAYanihan thrives in Baguio, the spirit of “Bayanihan” at work amidst pandemic

BARANGAYanihan thrives in Baguio, the spirit of “Bayanihan” at work amidst pandemic

BAGUIO CITY – (April 26, 2021) – Since the start of the pandemic, the Baguio City Police in partnership with the city government has started different programs to help the most affected sectors to cope with daily living amid the challenges brought by the crisis.

Aside from the government subsidy programs, the Baguio Police under the leadership of the City Director, PCOL ALLEN RAE F CO, has started outreach and civic programs, which later came to be known as “BARANGAYanihan”.

All Police Stations under BCPO have been offering “libreng sakay” which benefited about 7,982 individuals, including healthcare and other essential workers especially during the ECQ lockdown. Also, 1,822 families received assorted grocery items and hygiene kits amounting to a total of P1,307,731.00 under  the PNP “Adopt A Family Program, Kapwa Ko Sagot Ko”.

Under the continuing Barangayanihan programs, a family living in a simple shanty at Purok 7, San Luis Village, Baguio City, had the chance to a more conducive home especially for the five young children.

A solo parent, Mr. Hassan single-handedly raises his 5 young children through his meager income as an eco-bag vendor at the City Market.

With the concerted efforts of police officers of Naguilian Road Police Station (PS-1), barangay officials and a generous individual who donated woods from his old house, the “trapal” which previously covers the family’s home is now replaced with sturdy GI sheets to shield them from the elements. They were also provided with assorted grocery packs to help them with their basic needs.

Hassan’s family is just one of the families in Baguio which benefit from the continuing barangayanihan programs of the PNP, apart from the feeding program, food packs distribution, clean-up drive, libreng gupit being done by Baguio cops.

Also, with the rise of community pantries across the country, almost all the police stations of BCPO has established mobile barangayanihan pantries which encourages the bayanihan spirit among Baguio communities.

As various efforts are being done by the government to slow the spread of the virus in the city, the Baguio Police encourages the public to take precautions and abide with the health protocols to prevent transmission. (PROCOR RPIO)