By Arwen Pascua
MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has shown the true meaning of its dictum “to serve and protect” especially amid the pandemic as it relentlessly mobilized various pro-people projects.
As such, the PNP garnered advocacy support groups and force multipliers as its solid support system not only in eradicating all types of crimes but also in the conduct of programs that are truly beneficial to the community through its BarangaYanihan program.
These were the exact words of Police Community Affairs and Development Group (PCADG) chief PBrig. Gen. Eric Noble as per directives of PNP Chief, Gen Guillermo Eleazar.
These advocacy support groups in partnership with PNP are now persistently conducting BARANGAYanihan activities in the communities adversely affected by the sweeping health crisis.
“One of these advocacy support groups is the Magdalena Mission: Alagang Ate under the women advocacy support group. The group is composed of celebrities, beauty queens, educators, and other empowered women, formed to advance women’s welfare,” Noble said.
True to its mission of fostering “Alagang Ate” not only to women but also to the children and the elderly, on September 8, 2021 (Wedensday), the Lingkod Bayan Women and LGBT Group, Magdalena Mission: Alagang Ate led by Mrs. Cherrie Pie Sermonia, accompanied by Ms. Michelle Gumabao, Ms Mocha Uson and personnel from the PCADG proceeded to Hospicio De San Jose, San Miguel, Manila and handed over donations of relief goods containing 12 sacks of rice containing 25 kilos each, 6 boxes of sardines, 6 boxes of noodles, hygiene kits, laundry soap, assorted fresh vegetables and fruits.
A total of 450 beneficiaries composed of the abandoned, orphans, differently-abled children, and the elderly who are residents of the Hospicio De San Jose foster care facility benefited from the BARANGAYanihan activity.
“In these trying times, we keep on encouraging everyone to give more to the less fortunate.” Mrs. Sermonia said.
The PNP through PCADG Director, PBGen Eric E. Noble thanked the Magdalena Mission: Alagang Ate women advocacy support group for its untiring support to PNP’s advocacy and programs. PBGen Noble further said, “They truly epitomize “alagang ate” by unselfishly giving to the needy.“
More BARANGAYanihan activities are underway as the Philippine National Police continues to closely work with its advocacy support groups and force multipliers and providing basic necessities for the less fortunate and the needy. (ai/mtvn)