They bring tears to one’s eyes. Not out of fear but tears of joy for the simple yet extraordinary efforts the Siquijodnon Pulis have made in this time of storm brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Salamat, salamat gyud kaayo sa inyong tabang (Thank you very much for your help,)” Nanay Dada blurted out in tears as she endlessly thanked the Siquijodnon Pulis for the help.
All those years, Nanay Diosdada Tangcay, 70, and Tatay Porferio Tangcay, 61, together with their son, Marlon, lived in a shanty house at Lower Songculan, Siquijor, Siquijor without a hint of hope and comfort.
Top phot: BAHAY MO, ALAY KO. Siquijodnon Pulis building a house to give a decent shelter to a Siquijodnon family in Lower Songculan, Siquijor, Siquijor. (SPPO photo)
Anyone can imagine living in a house walled with empty sacks, used woods and old amakan (a ply of wooven bamboo strips), with damaged thatched roofs so that when rain comes they have to sleep together on a long chair for them not to get soaked, recounted Tatay Porferio.
But thanks to the Bayanihan spirit that continues to persevere amid the pandemic, hope did come for the Tangcay family in the form of men in uniform.
While going to far-flung areas to distribute goods and services, the Siquijodnon Pulis passed by one house that caught their attention. The sight of the old, dilapidated house and the sad story of the family living in it moved the cops to reach out and work beyond their call of duty – that of constructing a house, one that is small yet comfortable and safe enough for the Tangcay family.
On Aug. 27, 2020 until Aug. 28, 2020, a group of Siquijodnon Pulis built the house that became a decent shelter and provided mat and pillows that brought Nanay Dada to tears, and inspired the Siquijodnon Pulis to work harder.
This is putting into realization the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Kapwa Ko, Sagot Ko-Adopt a Family program dubbed as “Bahay Mo, Alay Ko,” which encourages PNP officers to help indigent families in the community particularly during this time of pandemic and where police personnel nationwide shelled out cash and gave donations in kind as they heed the call to put into action the Bayanihan spirit by helping poor families survive the hardship caused by COVID 19-19. (Rizalie Anding Calibo/PIA7-Siquijor w/ SPPO report)