Some 20,115 poor families in Eastern Visayas affected by the global health crisis have received relief assistance from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

This comprises 99,398 individuals assisted from March 17 to August 21, said Brig. Gen. Bernabe Balba, PNP Eastern Visayas Regional Director, in a statement on August 28, 2020.

The nationwide effort dubbed “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko!” of the PNP encouraged police officers to adopt an indigent family in their respective area of responsibility by providing relief goods or cash assistance amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Top Photo: COPS HELPING. Policemen distribute food packs to residents of Dalakit village in Catarman, Northern Samar in this July 28, 2020 photo. The Philippine National Police in the region on Aug. 28, 2020, said they already assisted 20,115 poor families affected by the health crisis through its “Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko!” adopt-a-family program. (Photo courtesy of Catarman police station)

“We understand how difficult living is nowadays in these back-breaking moments. We sympathize with the community, especially those who have less income to sustain their daily needs,” Balba said.

He added the project will continue as quarantine measures remain in place to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We are doing our best to battle this faceless enemy. Our personnel are not only dedicated to safeguarding our communities but also making initiatives to ease the burden of some of the families adversely affected by this pandemic,” he said.

Since the spread of Covid-19 in the country, more than 200 checkpoints across the region have been established to control the movement of people.

To date, a total of 10 police officers in the region have been infected with coronavirus, six of them remain in isolation, and four already recovered, based on the monitoring of the PNP regional health service here.

Meanwhile, Eastern Visayas has confirmed 2,600 cases since March, including 1,535 recoveries and 16 deaths, the Department of Health said. (Gerico Sabalza, PNA)