Ferrer Zaragosa town police head Major Jaime P. Ferrer (right) supervises the community pantry project that was put up at the station on Wednesday. The project which covers all of the 32 police stations in Nueva Ecija was an initiative of provincial director Col. Jaime O. Santos and was meant to show care and compassion for fellow uniformed personnel for their sacrifices during this pandemic. Photo by STEVE A. GOSUICO

Ecija holds ‘Barangayanihan’ community pantry for PNP men

May 20, 2021 Steve A. Gosuico 333 views

ZARAGOSA, Nueva Ecija – Another version of the community pantry was launched in Nueva Ecija to show care and compassion for uniformed personnel who are also being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubbed “Barangayanihan Para sa Sariling Kapulisan,” the “caring for fellow PNP” program which is a brainchild of provincial police director Col. Jaime O. Santos, was unveiled simultaneously in all police stations of the province’s five cities and 27 towns starting 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. De Leon, Police Regional Office 3 chief said the initiative of the Nueva Ecija police was inspired by the community pantries being set up in different barangays nationwide by concerned citizens where residents donate and take items based on their need.

In this town, police head Major Jaime P. Ferrer said it is now the turn of police personnel on duty in every station to experience and receive by way of this “barangayanihan” what is due them during this pandemic.

Ferrer said he personally took charge of providing the basic goods and food items for the BPSK in the station.

He added it is his way of showing care and compassion for every lawman assigned at the station for “their individual sacrifices” especially during this health crisis.

“Ito ay alay para sa ating mga police personnel pati na sa ating mga NUPs (non-uniformed personnel) kasama na din ang kanilang mga pami-pamilya,” Ferrer told the Journal Group.

He said among the basic food items he prepared for his men for the roll-out were several kilos of rice, assorted vegetables, canned goods, noodles, eggs, and dried fish.

Meanwhile, in San Jose City, Lt. Col. Criselda Y. De Guzman, police head, said they conducted the “barangayanihan” with the help of KKDAT (Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo) members — Akiko De Guzman, Anthony Chan, Dr. Racquel Chan and Ferdinand Venturina.

During the event, face masks and face shields, including rice and vegetables were distributed to police personnel of the station to show her appreciation of their good deeds and accomplishments despite the pandemic.