Personnel of the City Mobile Force Company (CMFC) of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO) recently visited a makeshift home in a secluded area in Upper Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City to include a couple and their 3 children in the Adopt-a-Family Program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) now being implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The couple, Johny Bacan and Delia Polenio has 3 children aged 4, 2 and 11-months and live in a small shanty (see below) held together by canvass and wood. Thye have no job and rely only on small farm at the back of their shanty where they grow root crop such as cassava for daily consumption and survival because they do not have rice to cook.
Further, their 3 children share one glass of milk (Birch Tree). Sometimes, their children cry in the middle of the night, starving, so Johny has to gather cassava to cook and feed them.
Actually, this is already their second “house” as their first dwelling shown at left is much smaller and it was only through the help of a barangay tanod who noticed them that they were given a better place to live than the first.
The police officers led by Police Chief Master Sgt Roussel Sabaduquia, PCpl Rommel Jerson Amor and Pat Florence May N Depra accompanied by Ms. Jessa Montina gave the family a half-sack of rice and a bag of grocery items (noodles, canned goods, biscuits and milk) enough for a week’s consumption. They were also provided hygiene kit (alcohol, soap, baby wipes, baby diapers).
An emotional Johny Bacan was very thankful upon accepting the small gifts. The couple was very grateful and felt blessed.
For anyone who would like to give help to the said family, whether in kind or cash, you may contact Carl Laure in Facebook to assist you.
with info, text and photos by Cmfc Cocpo