The Western Command (WESCOM) and the Philippine Eagles Club Palawan Chapter launched on Wednesday a program dubbed “Kapwa ko, Sagot ko”, aimed at supporting the needs of selected indigent families during the quarantine.
WESCOM Civil Military Operation (CMO) officer-in-charge Col. Otto Thomas Pacia said during the program launch at Barangay San Manuel they are looking for “kabayans” or individuals who would be willing to support the basic needs of the beneficiary family or the “kapwa”.
Col. Pacia noted that many families lost income opportunities during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), and they wanted to find ways to assist them.
“Naisip namin na aside sa binibigay ng gobyerno ay bakit hindi natin gawan ng tulay na ang mga mayron at wala ay mapagtagpo natin. Ang barangay naman siya ang magi-identify kung sino ang pwedeng makatulong at sino ang mga tutulungan,” he said.
He added that the small project was already launched in Manila two weeks ago.
Ronald Donesa, Puerto Princesa City Eagle’s Club auditor and a “kabayan”, said they will provide the needs of the beneficiaries.
Philippine Eagles Club is one of the new organizations in the country that aims to help indigent families, particularly during the time of crisis.
“Kami hindi lang ang Eagles kundi pati ang Western Command at ibang kabayan ay napag-usapan na mapili ang mahihirap na pamilya sa Barangay San Manuel. Sana ang maliit na naitulong na ito na kahit hindi sapat ay makagapay sa inyong pangangailangan,” Donesa said.
Barangay captain Gloria Miguel also said that she assigned the purok presidents to identify the beneficiaries.
She said that there is no required amount of goods to provide per family.
“Ang usapan dito ay basta hindi magutom si Kapwa, more on goods at support lang. Dito sa amin ay inassign ko ang mga purok president na mag identify ng mga beneficiaries kasi sila mismo ang nakakalam kung sino ang indigent,” Miguel said.
She said that there are 210 “kapwa” families in their barangay.
On April 16, the same activity was launched in Barangay Liwanag. Meanwhile, the program is only effective during the COVID-19 crisis.