Life-saving equipment and vehicles worth around P2 million were given to the San Jose Police Station and to the search and rescue group by the San Jose government in Negros Oriental.
San Jose Mayor Carmelo Remollo said during the turnover rites at the town gymnasium that the donations are needed to improve the capabilities of the police and the SAR group during disasters, and to maintain peace and order in the area.
The donated vehicle is worth P500,000, and the lifesaving equipment P200,000, sourced from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund of the town; and also P1.2 million from the Services Equalization Fund of the town for the acquisition of vehicles, firearms and communication equipment for the police.
Remollo turned over a 4x4 police patrol car, two motorcycles, two M-4 armalite rifles, a shotgun, ammunition and 10 hand-held radios and a base radio to the San Jose police, represented by Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office director, Senior Supt. Edward Carranza.
A rescue dump truck, carabiners, harness straps, ropes, heavy-duty flashlights, hard hats, shovels, a PA system, life rings, handheld and base radios were given to the SAR group.
The vehicles and equipment were blessed by San Jose parish priest Msgr. Marino Ybo and the ceremony was attended by Gov. Roel Degamo, Rep. George Arnaiz (Neg. Or., 2nd District), Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Member Erwin Macias, and provincial, town and police officials.*JFP
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