Cagayan police, donors extend aid to Aetas, poor families in Lasam
TUGUEGARAO CITY – At least 850 members of Aeta communities and poor families in Lasam have received food and gift packs from Cagayan Valley police force on Saturday.
Police Brig. Gen. Crizaldo Nieves, Cagayan Valley regional director, and his wife Imelda, along with some members of the Cagayan provincial police, distributed 400 food packs, 350 gift packs and assorted clothing to the Aetas and indigent families through the “Lingkod Bayanihan sa Barangay” project in Barangays Peru and Sicalao in Lasam.
Overseas donors and those from other regions such as Alvin Constantino of the Confederate Sentinels of God, Aniceto Casimiro of Island Pacific Supermarket USA, and Aklan Samaritans sponsored the outreach activity, said Police Lt. Col. Andree Camhol-Abella, Cagayan Valley regional police spokesperson.
Nieves vowed to extend more assistance to the less fortunate families, especially in the remotest areas of the region during the pandemic.
“This endeavor is proof that the government, through its various agencies is continuously devising ways to serve the people in the best way it can,” Nieves said.
“I would also like to express my gratitude to the numerous donors who have been our partners since the start of this project as well as in the relief operations to the flood-stricken areas in the aftermath of typhoon Ulysses,” he added.
Lasam Mayor Dante Dexter Agatep said two communities of “Agay” (Aeta) families were the project’s beneficiaries.
Nieves later commended two Lasam police officers and conferred the “Medalya ng Kagalingan” to Police Capt. Pablo Tumbali, Lasam police chief, and Police Master Sergeant Ever Teppang for “notable operational accomplishments.”
The regional director also turned over five Galil rifles to the Lasam police as part of the police’s capability enhancement program.
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