OVER P136 million from the pockets of Philippine National Police officers and men have been raised so far by the Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge as of last Tuesday with officials highly optimistic they can reach their P200 million target at least to help reach poor Filipinos hit hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
The fund challenge was launched by PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa two weeks ago. On Tuesday, the top cop said they have already raised P136.7 million as a result of the challenge. He added that the PNP Kapwa Ko Sagot Ko Program has already raised a total of P46.7 million that will help nearly 96,500 indigents or the ‘poorest of the poor’ who have been affected by the Enhanced Community Quarantine triggered by the virus.
National Capital Region Police Office director, Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas said Metro Manila police officers and men have already surpassed their P25 million target after collecting a total of P28,345,100 from voluntary donations of their personnel.
Police Regional Office 10 director, Brigadier Gen. Rolando B. Anduyan said that the Northern Mindanao police force has already raised nearly P8.6 million.
Last week, the PRO7 in Central Visayas headed by Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro said collected more than P7 million for the same cause.
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.