TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, Oct. 21 (PIA) - - The Philippine National Police (PNP) region 2 and the members of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) turned-over a total amount of P1.33 million cash assistance for the rehabilitation of the damages caused by twin earthquakes in Itbayat town.
Of the said amount, P959, 947.32 was alloted to augment the rehabilitation of the damaged houses of Ivatans. It was an accumulated proceeds of the "Run for a Cause" initiated by the officials of the PNP 2 and the members of the RAC.
Other than this, P371, 305 cash donations were given to four non-uniformed personnel from the said town whose houses were totally damaged during the earthquake.
Governor Marilou H. Cayco personally received the amount from the police officials and RAC members led by Deputy Director Cornelius Jambora in a ceremony at the police regional command, here.
Cayco thanks the various government agencies, non-government organizations and other groups that generously shared their resources and services for the Ivatans.
"This shows that Batanes, the only non-speaking Ilokano province in the region, will never be left behind by its provincemates in times of need," the governor added.
"A million thanks will never be enough to reciprocate your act of kindness. Your love and care for us Ivatans are obviously manifested with your act of kindness. We will rise because of generous people like you," Cayco said as she emotionally delivers her message of gratitude in front of the police force and RAC members.
She also expressed her high regards to the police force for keeping the Ivatan community the most peaceful and orderly province nationwide.
"I am more than confident that the whole region, not only Batanes, is always secured from criminalities and safe in the advent of natural calamities. You, the Valley Cops, make us proud to our core," Cayco said.
Cayco also assured the donors that up to the single centavo of the donated cash assistance will be spent for its purpose, specifically for the purchase of construction materials and other needs to build new and disaster-resilient residences of the Ivatans in Itbayat island.
The twin earthquake that hit the island town on July 27, 2019 recorded 9 deaths, 68 injured and displaced 268 families, aside from the other infrastructure that were severely destroyed. (ALM/MDCT/OTB/PIA 2-Cagayan)