THE National Capital Region Police Office headed by Major General Debold M. Sinas yesterday distributed food packages to more than 14,000 poor Muslim residents of Metro Manila as they joined the Eid’l Al Adha celebration.
The official said that a total of 14, 207 relief food packages were distributed region wide with 500 school supplies also given by the NCRPO Regional Mobile Force Battalion. The Team NCRPO also gave a total of 34 live goats, 10 cows and 200 beef packs to different Muslim recipients in the metropolis, he added.
Sinas said the simultaneous distribution of relief packages in different Masjid communities in the metropolis also culminated their observance of the 25th Police-Community Relations Month and the celebration of the Eid’l Adha by their Muslim personnel.
The Feast is celebrated throughout the Muslim world and is highlighted by the sacrifice of lamb and goat to commemorate Abraham's obedience to the will of Allah.
Since the country is currently under the new normal, Muslims celebrated Eid'l Adha differently from how they used to prompting the NCRPO to help members of the community in their own simple way.
Sinas said that the Northern Police District headed by Brigadier Gen. Ronaldo Genaro E. Ylanga was able to help 2,307 families while the Eastern Police District under Brig. Gen. Johnson K. Almaza gave out 1,850 food packages.
The Manila Police District headed by Brig. Gen. Rolando F. Mirana reached out to 3,800 families while the Southern Police District under Brig. Gen. Emmanuel B. Peralta distributed 2,650 food packages. The Quezon City Police District headed by Brig. Gen. Ronnie S. Montejo handed food packages to 3,000 families and another 600 food packages to other beneficiaries.
"We are hoping that these food packages will greatly help our Muslim brothers and sisters as we continue this fight against Covid-19. May the divine blessings of Allah bring lots of happiness in your life and may it fill your heart with wonders, hope and faith! Happy Eid’l Adha,” said Sinas.
Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa led the entire police force in joining the Muslim community in observing the traditional Muslim holiday.
“As the entire Filipino nation celebrates Eid-al-Adha to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to follow God's command to sacrifice his son, it gives us time to reflect and strengthen the bonds of unity and solidarity among Muslims and Christians. Eid’l Fitr reminds us not of our differences, but of the values and beliefs that serve to enrich our lives and unite our cultures,” said the PNP chief.
We in the PNP are doing our share in strengthening the fabric of brotherhood and cooperation between Muslims and Christians in our society,” he added.
Gen. Gamboa said they are also joining the Filipino nation and the Muslim community in praying for peace and harmony among the diverse peoples and cultures.
“We join the world in prayer, that understanding and goodwill will reign supreme in the hearts of men amid this global pandemic of COVID-19.
We are grateful to the Filipino Muslim community for their understanding and cooperation amid health and safety restrictions being enforced by authorities in the conduct of religious gathering and activities. This is the true essence of caring and compassion for others, the true hallmarks of this special day of Eid-al-Adha,” he said.