BAGUIO CITY – Personnel of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) Station No. 6 took time out from their busy schedule in performing their duties and responsibilities to help an indigent family in their area of responsibility to lighten up their moments in the ongoing implementation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
BCPO Station No. 6 Commander Police Cpt. Luis Dangatan, Jr. and his personnel raised among themselves a considerable amount cash that was turned over to the family of Mr. and Ms. Aldrin Santiago, a resident of No. 52 South Central Aurora Hill, Baguio City who suffered successive setbacks in their family during this period of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine.
The assistance to the indigent family was in line with the program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Re-adoption of Indigent Family within the area of jurisdiction of the police station previously identified as economically affected due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine to fight the dreaded Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
The Santiagos are an extended family as they stay with their parents in one household while the family’s source of income is reportedly on a per day basis just enough to sustain their basic needs.
Because of the implementation of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine that caused the stoppage of most economic activities, Santiago’s source of income had been jeopardized.
Worse, the Santiago couple reportedly lost their 8-month old baby boy due to alleged chronic liver disease last March 31, 2020.
The concerned police personnel claimed the loss of a family member, especially to parents losing their only child, is always a difficulty that can differently affect everyone in the family circle.
BCPO Station No. 6 troops chose the Santiago family as their adopted family to lighten their heavy hearts and to motivate and support the other members of the family for them to cope with the difficult situation they are now in.
While the cash that was turned over by the personnel of BCPO Station No. 6 was not sufficient to provide the basic needs of the family that lost a young member, what is important, according to the police personnel, is that they were able to provide the bereaved family with the appropriate inspiration and motivation to allow them to hope for a better tomorrow.
By Dexter A. See