THE local police provided assistance in terms of food and grocery items to the three sisters whose grandmother and guardian failed to return home before the enhanced community quarantine was enforced in the entire Luzon island.
Lieutenant Colonel Eduardo Guevarra, the city’s chief of police, personally led the delivery of the food packs in Barangay Santa Maria where the girls are staying.
Guevarra said the girls’ grandmother, who is working in Batangas province as house helper, was stranded in the province before the transportation was suspended.
“Mayroon pong tatlong magkakapatid dito, lahat po sila mga menor de edad. Wala po silang mga magulang at ang tangi po nilang kasama ay ang kanilang lola na na-lock down sa Batangas, may trabaho po siya doon bilang kasambahay,” the police chief said.
(There are three siblings here, all of them are minors. They don’t have their parents and the only guardian they have is their grandmother who was affected by the lockdown in Batangas, she has a job there as a house helper.)
At the moment, the three girls have no source of living and merely rely on the neighbors help, according to Guevarra.
“Ito pong magkakapatid na ito ay wala pong pinagkukunan ng kanilang makakain. Nakikikain lang po sa kanilang mga kapitbahay o di kaya naman ay naghanap at namumumlot ng kamoteng kahoy na maaari nilang ipangtawid gutom,” the police chief said.
(The siblings don’t have source of food. They ate in their neighbors’ houses or they find and pick cassava that could save them from hunger.)
A donor, who asked the police not to be named, helped in the purchase of rice, canned goods, bread, fruit juices, and other grocery items for the girls, Guevarra said.
The police official also handed cash to the kids, who expressed gratitude for the food and groceries they received.
The three sisters are the second beneficiary of the city police’s “Direktang Bayanihan” Adopt a Family Program.