A TOTAL of 515 officers and men of the National Capital Region Police Office residing in Batangas province were also affected by the Taal Volcano eruption, the Journal Group learned yesterday.
Of the 514, 98 were severely affected after their houses were badly damaged by ashfall since last Sunday. Another 155 were described as ‘moderately affected’ while 240 were ‘slightly affected.’
Of the 98 personnel described as ‘severely affected,’ 27 each are from the Southern Police District and Quezon City Police District while 16 are from the Northern Police District. Another 10 are from the Manila Police District; 8 from the Eastern Police District; 2 each from the NCRPO Regional Mobile Force Battalion and Regional Intelligence Division while the rest are all assigned in different NCRPO offices in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
NCRPO director, Brigadier General Debold M. Sinas, said they are encouraging their personnel to donate a portion of their daily pay to help victims of the Taal Volcano eruption.
“We just encourage our people. Kung magbigay sila o hindi, it’s okay lang,” the police general said.
NCRPO officers and men have been doing their own share to help alleviate the plight of the affected Batangas residents. On Wednesday, Sinas and his men motored to Batangas to distribute goods and conduct a medical mission for residents displaced by the Taal Volcano eruption.
The Team NCRPO went to the Paaralang Central ng North Sto. Tomas, formerly known as the General Malvar Elementary School in Sto. Tomas City as part of their effort to help the Police Regional Office 4-A care for thousands of Batangueños affected by the volcano eruption which triggered ashfall as far as Metro Manila.
Sinas said that majority of the 1,860 evacuees housed in the school were rescued by NCRPO search-and-rescue personnel.
A total of 756 evacuees underwent medical consultation and treatment as the NCRPO team provided them nearly 70,000 paracetamol tablets, amoxicillin capsules, losertan tables, cetirizine tablets, carbocistein capsules, amlodipine tablets, loperamide capsules, cennarrizine tablets, mefenamic capsules, multi-vitamin capsules, ascorbic tables and vitamin-b complex tablets.
The team from the NCRPO regional headquarters, the five NCRPO districts and different stations and support units also provided pediatric medicines including nearly 4,000 bottles of paracetamol, amoxicillin, diphenhydramine, cetirizine, carbocistein, mult-vitamins and ascorbic acid.
Sinas also led the distribution of over 4,000 packs of hygiene kits, sanitary napkins, diapers and N-95 face masks as well as thousands of food packs composed of rice, canned goods and cup noodles, biscuits, blankets, stuffed toys for the kids and bottled water.