Police, LGUs mobilize to assist survivors

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THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has started accepting donations for families affected by typhoon Rolly in the Bicol Region.

To initiate their relief drive, Col. Josefino Ligan, CCPO director, said he and the more than 1,000 CCPO personnel will donate whatever they can to help survivors.

“We decided that each police officer will contribute whether by donating relief goods, used clothing and other basic needs such as food and water,” Ligan told reporters on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Ligan said a drop-off center has been set up inside the CCPO headquarters in Camp Sotero Cabahug.

He urged civilians to not just donate canned goods, noodles and other food items but also blankets, utensils and even clothing.

He requested his personnel to donate extra uniforms to police officers in Albay who lost their homes.

Police officers of the Police Region Office 7 living in PC Hills in Barangay Lahug, Cebu City also organized their own “food bank on wheels.”

A Philippine Navy vessel will transport the donations along with other relief goods and the 100-man team from the PRO 7’s Crisis Response Battalion to the Bicol Region this week.

The Cebu City Government also announced that it will send a team consisting of members of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office to typhoon-ravaged areas to help with clearing operations.

Mayor Edgardo Labella said the City also initiated a relief campaign by establishing drop-off centers at the Fuente Osmeña Rotunda and at City Hall.

The mayor said the governor of Catanduanes requested potable water and food for survivors.

Although the City cannot provide cash assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic, Labella said they will still provide an amount to help with relief efforts in Bicol Region. (AYB, PAC / JKV)