By ROCAYA SUMNDAD OTICAL YAHYA
ILIGAN CITY: Twenty poor families benefited from the ‘Adopt-a-Family’ program of the Municipal Police Station (MPS) in Pantao Ragat town, Lanao del Norte.
Newly assigned station chief, PLt. Michael Ken Go, led his men to far-flung barangays every week to give away relief packs with five kilograms of rice, assorted grocery items, and a loaf of bread to the poor families.
“Ang government daghan kaau sila’g mga programa sa pagpanghatag, gali dili tanan ang nahatagan. Naa mi mga beneficiaries na wala gyud nakadawat so, among gihatagan as part sa ‘gift-giving’ nga gikan sa mga personnel dinhi sa istasyon,” Lt. Go explained.
[The government has a lot of relief giving programs, but not all were given. We have beneficiaries that haven’t received anything so, what we gave them this as part of ‘gift-giving’ from our personnel at the station.]
Driving to the outskirts of the small town, policemen went to remote Maranao households bringing a week-long food supply to the beneficiaries.
“Maraming salamat po sa kanila kasi binigyan po nila kami ng relief. Alam po nilang hindi kami makalabas dito kaya umaasa lang po kami sa relief,” expressed Imran Mauyab, a beneficiary.
[Thank them very much for giving us this relief assistance. You all know that we can’t go out, so, we’re just relying on the relief that they are giving us.]
Setting aside the language barrier, most of the beneficiaries expressed thanks by smiling and simply saying, “Salamat.”
Aside from adopting families, MPS Pantao Ragat also strengthened its campaign in educating the residents on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by giving leaflets and conducting ‘rekoridas’ throughout town as part of its information drive.
Meanwhile, PLt. Go reminded the residents to just stay at home, obey the guidelines set by the local government, keep the environment clean, observe social distancing, and practice other health precautionary measures.
“Antos lang gyud ta kay hapit najud ni siya mahuman nga panghitabo. Kami dire sa Pantao Ragat municipal police station nagtinabangay kami aron maprotektahan kamo nga mga residente sa nikuyanap nga sakit karon,” PLt. Go said.
[Let us just endure this because this will be over soon. We, from the Pantao Ragat municipal police station, are doing our best to protect you from getting infected by this disease that is plaguing us now.”]
To date, Pantao Ragat is a COVID-free town, with no recorded suspect, probable or case.
Rocaya Sumndad Otical Yahya/RSP