Cops, soldiers run to raise funds for Yolanda survivors

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Monday, January 6, 2014


ABOUT 1,300 police and military personnel turned up yesterday for the fun run hosted by the Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 to help their colleagues who were affected by typhoon Yolanda.

Chief Supt. Danilo Constantino, director of PRO 7, said the event was one way of helping 300 police officers whose houses were destroyed or damaged by the typhoon.

“We didn’t expect to generate big funds. Our goal is just to help them in our own ways,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

In Cebu Province alone, some 59 police officers have lost their homes.

The 5k run, organized by the Police Community Relations Division (PCRD) of PRO 7, started at 5:30 a.m. at Camp Sergio Osmeña.

It was attended by the different police units of PRO 7, Central Command (Centcom) and Naval Forces Central (Navforcen). Apart from them, there were also civilians who joined the event.

At the event, awards were given to top male and female runners in different categories.

Police service

Constantino said he instructed Senior Supt. Audie Villacin, head of PCRD, to come up with a project that would help the typhoon victims, especially those in police service.

“This is what they’ve come up with and there may be more like this in the future,” he said.

The fun run raised at least P390,000 by paying registration fees at P300. This will be turned over by PRO 7 to the affected police officers.

Last December, Constantino, together with the Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund, Inc. (PSMBFI), went to the northern towns in Cebu Province to give financial assistance to affected police personnel.

Mutual benefits

PSMBFI, a registered non-stock, non-profit mutual benefit fund association, is the insurance provider of Philippine National Police (PNP).

Constantino, during the interview, said they might also give assistance to policemen in Bohol Province affected by a series of earthquakes last October.

“Kung may sobra, tutulungan din namin sila (We will also help them),” he said.

Yesterday’s event was not the first project organized by PRO 7 for Yolanda survivors.

Last November, they also held a benefit concert for survivors at the Mandaue City Sports Complex dubbed as “Bangon Visayas.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 06, 2014.

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