Butuan Cops: Becoming Instruments of Support and Assistance
“A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.” -Nelson Mandela
A couple from the province of Guimaras finally return home after a challenging 3-month journey of searching for their daughter who left home for almost two decades ago. Their trip back home was not that easy since the couple was already low in logistics for their fares and additional expenses. Left with no choice, the couple decided to seek help from Bombo Radyo Butuan for temporary accommodation and assistance when they arrive in Butuan City on April 16, 2023.
Nanay Lourdes and Tatay Gary left their home province in their pedicab to search for their youngest daughter, believed to have joined with her lover 17 years ago in Mindanao. Their journey to Mindanao proved to be successful since they found their daughter together with her partner in Tagum City. It took them three long months to reunite with their daughter and they almost spent all their money during the search.
But their joyous moment ended when they decided to return home together with their daughter as they do not have enough cash to pay for their tickets. The couple did not have any means nor any relatives from the area to ask for help. Their determination was again tested but they remain resilient and decided to let their daughter to go home first.
Their story captured the hearts of many, including the Butuan City Police Office led by Police Colonel Marco Archinue, City Director, who personally went to Bombo Radyo Butuan to meet the couple. PCol Archinue promised to help Nanay Lourdes and Tatay Gary to return home. He provided them the necessary financial assistance.
On April 19, 2023, the City Director fulfilled his promise to the couple. Butuan CPO shouldered their fares and expenses to Cebu City where they were set to transfer to Iloilo City. The said police office also provided additional financial assistance to them. PCol Archinue also sent some personnel from Butuan CPO to escort the couple on their way to the Port of Masao.
Before leaving Butuan City, the couple expressed their heartfelt thanks to those who helped them, especially to Police Colonel Archinue and the entire BCPO for being instrumental in providing help.
“The PNP is always ready to extend a helping hand to people like Nanay Lourdes and Tatay Garry. As part of our sworn duty to serve and protect our people, we also look for the welfare of our fellow men. Right now, BCPO will coordinate with other PNP units that they will pass along the way to ensure their safety in going back home,” said PCol Archinue.
This kindness reflects one of PNP core values “Makatao”, having the utmost desire and willingness to help by providing needed assistance and being compassionate to those in need in whatever situations.