OFFICERS and men of the Philippine National Police responded to the call of their chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa to raise at least P200 million for poor Filipinos affected by the COVID-19 lockdown and exceeded their target by over P8 million as of yesterday, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
The Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge is the PNP’s version of SAP or ‘Sariling Alay ng Pulis Para sa Mahirap to help feed the poorest of poor who are the most economically vulnerable as President Duterte extended the ECQ in Metro Manila and other parts of the country hard-hit by the pandemic until May 15, said PNP spokesman, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac.
Of the total amount, P172,330,230 have been remitted as of last Friday to the PNP Finance Service as police personnel responded to Gen. Gamboa’s Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge two weeks ago to collect the huge amount, the biggest raised by the police force from voluntary contributions of its men in the PNP’s 29-year history.
The Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge is strictly voluntary with no standard amount of contribution specified. The project also does not authorize automatic salary deduction or the use of funds sourced from the PNP appropriations.
The money collected as a result of the challenge will be turned over by the PNP Directorate for Comptrollership headed by Brig. Gen. Marni C. Marcos Jr. to the national treasury or to any appropriate agency to help poor Filipinos affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine and rendered jobless as a result of the lockdown.
He said the challenge aims to generate some P200 million from the pocket of police personnel to augment government funds for Social Amelioration Programs for Filipinos in the marginalized sectors.
“We can afford to do this--now that we have already secured the means for our own personnel. Team PNP “Bayanihan Fund Challenge” aims to raise over P200-million from individual voluntary contribution of PNP personnel in response to President Rodrigo R Duterte’s candid admission of “government’s extreme difficulty in providing the basic needs of the poorest of the poor in a prolonged crisis,” he said.
PNP star-rank officials answered the challenge of Gen. Gamboa by donating 50 percent of their basic pay for the month of May. Many police non-commissioned officers have also voluntarily contributed P1,000 each for the worthy cause.
As of last Friday, the following Police Regional Offices with their total registered strength have raised the actual amount:
Police Regional Office1, 8,207 men—P7.426,600; PRO2, 7,897 personnel—P7,939,600; PRO3, 12,676 men—P12,676,000; PRO4-A, 13,308 men—P13,308,000; PRO4-B, 6,015 personnel—P6,015,000; PRO5, 10,112 men—P10,112,000; PRO6, 12,789 personnel—P12,789,000; PRO7, 10,380 men—P10,380,000; PRO8, 9,587 personnel—P9,587,000; PRO9, 7,731 men—P7,731,000; PRO10, 9,554 personnel—P9,544,000; PRO11, 9,077 men—P9,077,000; PRO12, 7,291 personnel—P7,291,000; PRO13, 6,741 men—P6,741,000; National Capital Region Police Office with 25,750 personnel—P25,750,000; Police Regional Office Cordillera 7,513 men—P7,513,000; and Police Regional Office Bangsamoro Administrative Region 8,454 personnel—P8,454,000.
Last Saturday, NCRPO director, Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas said they initially targeted to raise P25,805,000 from voluntary donations of their men with the assumption that each of their 25,805 men an 16 other personnel from NCRPO Regional Support Units will voluntarily donate P1,000 each for the noble cause.
However, he said that NCRPO personnel have proven once again that “in unity, there is strength’ after they voluntarily donated over P30 million to the Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge.
"There is no standard amount specified for their contribution. It is purely voluntary for we know that they too have families who are affected by this health crisis and most of them are sole providers,” said Sinas of their own Bayanihan Fund Challenge.
However, he said that when totaled, they were able to generate a total of P30,360,973 from voluntary donations by their personnel or 17.13 percent higher than the initial target donation and way beyond the targeted sum.
Sinas said the NCRPO’s top three donors who gave more than the expected donations were the Eastern Police District headed by Brigadier Gen. Johnson Almazan who was able to exceed its targeted sum of P2,953,000 by 65.04 percent with its total donation of P4,873,673 followed by the Quezon City Police District under Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo which exceeded the expected sum of P4,364,000 by 21.75 percent with its total donation of P5,312,960.
On the other hand, the Northern Police District headed by Brig. Gen. Ronnie Ylagan exceeded by 20.51 percent their expected donation of P3,686,000 by raising a total of P4,442,100 to the cause.
The Manila Police District, Southern Police District and NCRPO Regional Headquarters also donated more than the targeted sum of donations for the project.