PNP launches ‘Barangayanihan’ food bank

(Photo courtesy of PNP PIO)

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) formally launched on Friday its ‘Barangayanihan’ (Bayanihan sa Barangay) Help and Food Bank in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

PNP chief, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar led the event which was simultaneously launched in all police regional offices nationwide.

He said the initiative exemplifies the true spirit of the Filipinos who would naturally look after each other in times of disasters and in achieving a goal that would collectively benefit them.

He added that this project is also important in these times when a lot of our fellowmen lost their jobs and livelihood as a result of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has tested the true character and unveiled who we truly are as Filipinos — nagtutulungan, may puso at may malasakit sa kapwa natin sa panahon ng kagipitan (helping one another, has a big heart and compassion for our fellowmen in times of need),” Eleazar said in his speech during the launch.

The Barangayanihan covers all existing police-community relations support activities as it aims at boosting the Bayanihan spirit among PNP and the people in the community.

The PNP has long been conducting police-community relations programs such as Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko, Community Feeding Program, Adopt-a-Family Program, PNP Food Bank, and other community support services that are existing and implemented in the different Police Regional and Provincial Offices down to police stations.

The project aims to intensify the PNP’s various forms of assistance that strategically situate immediate implementation in barangays, being the basic political unit of the society and the base of the grassroots citizenry. This will be implemented in different forms, from relief operations, feeding programs, civic activities, etc., all of which are not new to the organization.

Likewise, the Barangayanihan further strengthens the partnership and collaboration between the police and partner stakeholders. It creates awareness and amplifies the community affairs and development component in policing and forge more robust ties with the grassroots constituents, gaining their trust and willingness to work with the PNP. (PNA)

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