THE European Union (EU) through the Governance in Justice (GoJust) Programme donated personal protective equipment to journalists covering the Justice beat as well as to local reporters and stringers of foreign news organizations.
The recipient-groups of the PPEs worth P400, 000 are the Justice and Court Reporters Association (JUCRA), the Justice Reporters Association (JUROR), the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), and Philippine Center for Photojournalism (PCP).
Aside from Justice reporters and members of the foreign press , the group likewise donated PPEs to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to help them effectively discharge their task of maintaining peace and order amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The PPEs include face masks, face shields, gloves, and goggles for journalists and policemen considered as frontliners.
At the same time, the group donated a PhP 5.6 M worth bus unit to the Quezon City Jail to be used to transport persons deprived of liberty who tested positive for COVID-19 to designated quarantine facilities to contain the spread of the virus in jails.
The assistance package reaffirms the European Union's commitment to enable the justice sector to address the needs of the court and penitentiary systems, especially during this pandemic, according to Counsellor Enrico Strampelli, Head of Cooperation of the European Delegation to the Philippines.