“Home should be an Anchor, A port in a storm, A refuge, A happy place in which to dwell, A place where we are loved and where we can love”- Marvin J. Ashton
The 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company of Catanduanes Police Provincial Office goes beyond its mandate of serving and protecting as they rebuild the homes of its chosen beneficiaries through its “Munting Pabahay Project”.
The first housing project took place in Baras town through the initiative of Police Lieutenant Colonel Santos J Tagomata Jr., Force Commander of 1st PMFC, Catanduanes PPO, with Mrs. Zenaida Imperial as the first beneficiary of such program.
Mrs. Imperail who once lived in a shanty house along with her grandchild now comfortably resting at their newly-build house without a fear when it rains or if there is a storm. This granny expressed her profound gratitude to the “Munting Pabahay Project” of Catanduanes PNP whom she calls “Biyaya ng PNP sa kapus-palad” (PNP’s blessing to the less fortunate).
The second beneficiary was Mr. Sonny Tibal who worked then in Quezon City but due to the covid-19 pandemic they returned to Catanduanes and now living for almost 2 years. Tatay “Sony” was diagnosed with tuberculosis which leads to further weaken his body that’s why he couldn’t find a more stable job and turned into harvesting shells and fishing as their primary source of living.
This was followed by the 70-year-old granny living with her grandchild in a remote area in Catanduanes who lives in a make-shift tent using a recycled tarpaulin serves as their roof and walls.
Subsequently, Catanduanes cops discovered a family living under the bridge-the Interior Family who harvests shell as their source of living. This family of four have moved from place to place because every time there is a typhoon their patchwork houses are always destroyed so they decided to just live under the bridge but there is still a fear during typhoon because the flood might sweep them away.
Since it started on 2021, some 9 families from the Catanduanes town have benefited from the project. Other beneficiaries were; Manoy Val-Oga, Ernesto Aguillar, Jose Solome, Manang Joselyn and Tatay Jose all are residents of Catanduanes who share the same story with the previous beneficiaries.
The PNP turn-over the house equipped with solar lightings, some groceries and financial assistance as part of the house warming in every turn-over ceremony.
Personnel of 2nd PMFC and mobile forces have contributed for the materials and labor of each house and for the grocery items provided for the recipient family.
This initiative is in line with the Police Regional Office 5 former Regional Director Police Brigadier General Jonnel Estomo project dubbed as SAFE (Seen, Appreciated, Felt by the people, and Extraordinary).
Meanwhile, residents especially the beneficiaries also extend their gratitude to Police Corporal Dan Bagay who spearheads this initiative, the one who works hand-in-hand with the stakeholders and other partner agencies in the realization of every housing project.