ZAMBOANGA CITY: The Sulu provincial government donated four brand new patrol vehicles to the police force, and boxes of masks and antiseptic alcohol intended for different towns in the province.

This was confirmed by Gov. Sakur Tan on Tuesday who said the donation was received Monday by regional police director BGen. Eden Ugale regional and provincial police chief Col. Jaime Mojica.

He said Vice Gov. Toto Tan also donated masks and bottles of alcohol to policemen who are at the forefront of the government's Covid-19 response.

"Kailangan natin tulungan ang ating kapulisan dahil we are partners in peace and progress, and in fighting Covid-19," Tan said.

The governor highlighted the efficient and effective mitigation of Covid-19 cases in Sulu resulting in low number of infections, and the positive changes brought by the improved peace and order in the province.

"This is historic and we are one of the best, if not the best, in the mitigation of Covid-19 at 12 active cases lang meron tayo. Ang mga tao ngayon ay laging namamasyal at nagpupunta sa iba't-ibang lugar dito sa Sulu. There is law and order, peace and order at yan ang nakikita ngayon," he said. "Sa ating kapulisan, sana ipagpatuloy ninyo ang efficiency at professionalism na ipinakikita ninyo at gawin pa nating mas mabuti at maayos ang ating trabaho para lalong gumanda pa at mapayapa at ating probinsya, Suportado namin ang kapulisan."

Calling the donation of the vehicles a "logistical blessing," Ugale thanked Tan and the vice governor for their continuing support to the police. "Definitely a logistical asset to aid us for immediate action and response in the service of the people. This is a logistical blessing. Let us cherish this blessing, maraming salamat po, governor at vice governor," Ugale said in a press statement.

"Gratitude to the Provincial Government sa sobra-sobra na suporta galing sa inyo. Aming susuklian ito ng mabuting serbisyo, pipilitin namin na ang Sulu ay maging katulad o higit pa na maayos at maunlad katulad ng ibang probinsiya sa ating bansa," he added.

The provincial government previously donated two armored vehicles and motorcycles to the police force.