The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has donated assorted firea rms to the Philippine National Police (PNP) in support of the police mandate to ensure the safety of the Filipino people.
A total of 81 firearms units including pistols, revolvers, rifles and shotguns were turned over to the PNP by PCSO Executive Assistant Vincent Juico and Manager of Assets and Supply Management Atty. Reena Yumina Yason. The firearms were received by PNP Chief Alan Purisima and director for research and development Gil Hitosis,.
“We decided to donate to PNP better firearms. Both PNP and PCSO are into the same things. PCSO is after health and medical well-being and PNP is after peace and order. We both have every citizen’s safety and welfare to guard,” said PCSO Chairman Margie Juico.
During the time of former chairman Manuel Morato, the PCSO security force consisted of PCSO employees who did not have arms so the agency bought units. During Juico’s time, PCSO decided to hire a security agency instead and some of the former security force were rationalized, some were retooled and some resigned. This yielded the firearms donated to the PNP.
The PNP chief expressed gratitude for the donation, saying that the PCSO has long been supportive of the PNP.
“Since Chairman Juico assumed position at the PCSO, she has been a great help to the police force. She provides ambulance units and medical assistance to us,” added Purisima at the turnover ceremony at the PNP Ante Room in Camp Crame.
The PCSO also provided executive check ups for 4,000 policemen and policewomen.
Purisima cited the number 81 as very significant as he came from the Philippine Military Academy Class of ‘81. He called it a “happy coincidence.”
“Whatever help we can extend to the guardians of our peace, we will. All government agencies must work hand in hand for the welfare of the Filipino people,” Yason ended.