Gapan City police chief Lt. Col. Alexie Desamito hands over food pack to a mother and her child at Monday’s BARANGAYanihan. Photo by Armand Galang
GAPAN CITY — For the body – meals from a popular food chain and rice and canned goods as well as medicines, and food for the soul – Bibles, comprised Monday’s BARANGAYanihan activity at the city police station with some 100 “persons under custody” and their families as beneficiaries.
The bibles were specially quested by the detainees themselves, said city police chief Lt. Col. Alexie Desamito.
“Sana ay maingganyo natin silang patuloy na magbago,” Desamito said, explaining that the activity was aimed at making both the detainees and their families feel that they are loved.
Several religious leaders and supporting organizations, particularly El Toro Patriots Eagles Club and the city government, were present during the program. Minimum public health standards were strictly observed, Desamito said.
“Bakit kaya binigyan natin ng importansya ang mga kapatid natin na nandito sa loob? Sa totoo lang problema ng PNP, aaminin ko na po sa inyo, yung mga nanggagaling sa piitan, sa kulungan, paglabas (ay) ano’ng nangyayari? Bumabalik. Sa hirap daw ng buhay,” Desamito said, adding that such cycle frustrates them.
“Kaya ang hinihiling ko, sabi ko walang imposible kay Lord. Kaya po nandidito ngayon yung mga pastors natin gusto natin siang ipagdasal at wala namang imposible pag ginawa natin yun,” she added.
Agaton Javier of El Toro Patriots Eagles Club said they are also set to deliver eye glasses to some detainees who requested for them on top of the food they delivered Monday.
“Sinukatan natin sila ng reading glasses and then ipapadala natin dito yun. Tapos mga maintenance (medicines) at magkakaroon na rin sila ng monthly na bigas para sa mga (persons under custody) natin,” Javier said.