By Felipe V. Celino
ROXAS CITY, Capiz – Project “BAHAYNIHAN” or “Bahay at Kabuhayan Nila Handog Namin” has enlivened the bayanihan spirit of Capizeños and has become an Emerging Best Practice of police officers in Capiz.
“Bahaynihan” project, which aims to help the homeless and poorest families in Capiz, was conceptualized by Police Colonel Julio Gustilo Jr., Capiz police director, with the help of staff officers who felt the need to help the poor amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic crisis.
“This Bahaynihan project is an added initiative to what the Capiz PNP has been doing like the Adoption of Indigent Families or ‘Kapwa ko, Sagot ko’ which has already more than 600 recipients and the ‘Libre Sakay’ initiative which is also still ongoing,” Gustilo said.
Capiz PNP also picked up the Team PNP Bayanihan Challenge by donating more than P1 million last month.
Gustilo said that he is thankful that the city and municipal police stations like Roxas City and Sigma Police Station have replicated the project in their respective localities.
“I deeply appreciate the efforts of my men as well as the support of benevolent individuals who have made possible a simple yet decent shelter project for their poorest kasimanwas. I am optimistic enough that other police stations would get the same support from the locals in their respective area of responsibility,” Gustilo Jr. stressed.
Capiz Governor Esteban Evan Contreras also lauded Capiz PPO’s “BAHAYNIHAN.”
Contreras said he appreciates that Capiz PNP launched a project which is in line with his administration’s “Serbisyo Kabalaka” in Capiz.
“I am well pleased to see that through the ‘Bayanihan’ you have been making the bayanihan spirit shine through amid this COVID crisis. I pledge my continuing support to your meaningful project,” Contreras said.