Team PNP’s Bayanihan Challenge raise over P90-M so far

OVER P90 million in cash and pledges have been raised so far by the Philippine National Police as a result of its Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge made by General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa to raise funds for the COVID-19 fight out of voluntary contributions from officers and men of the 205,000-strong police force, the Journal Group learned yesterday.

Also called as the ‘Sariling Alay ng Pulis (SAP) para sa Mahihirap,’ the fund challenge aims to raise at least P200 million from individual voluntary contribution of members of the police force.

Gen. Gamboa this week called on his men to voluntarily support the Team PNP Bayanihan Fund Challenge in which they can give back “by way of our dedicated service and expression of compassion in reaching out to the poorest of poor who are hardest hit by the socio-economic impact of this crisis.”

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,” Gen. Gamboa said.

Last Tuesday, he said that they have already raised P34 million in cash and pledges from star-rank officers and their staff and other commanders which only comprise 20 percent of the total PNP strength.