Several cops of the Parian Police Station, Cebu knocked on households, but this time, not for operation tokhang, neither to ask for gifts but the opposite —- as they sang Christmas carols while handing gifts to “less privileged” citizens.
Around 70 household were visited by the Santa-hat-wearing cops to bring joy and Noche Buena packages.
The children on the streets also received gifts.
According to Officer-in-charge of Parian Police Station Senior Inspector Narrolf Tan, the funding of the gifts came from donations and from the policemen’s Christmas bonuses.
Tan also said that they wanted to give hope to those who have “less” in life, and they want the public to feel that there will always be cops willing to serve them.
The Philippine National Police also wants to have a better relationship with the community because they feel that most are scared to get near cops, after anti-drug operations in different parts of the country this year.
Meanwhile, other stations under the Cebu Provincial Police Office (CPPO) have also reached out to underprivileged families in the remote areas of their jurisdictions to impart the Christmas spirit.
Among the stations are Compostela and Alcantara whose caroled and gave gifts to poor families in mountainous areas. Other stations like Sibonga, Naga, Borbon, Santander, Talisay, Samboan, Danao, Ronda and others also replicated the idea as they played Santa cops for a purpose.
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