MANILA – Chief Superintendent Arnold Gunnacao asked for the private-sector’s assistance to the requests of the deployed Highway Patrol Group (HPG) traffic marshals, in helping provide sunblock, vitamins and toilets among other necessities.
Staying long hours in the heat and rain while trying to ease the traffic congestion on Metro Manila’s busiest thoroughfare, Gunnacao was concerned with the HPG policemen’s wellbeing.
“My policemen who stay under the sun… They need sunblock, not because they shouldn’t have darker skin, but because of the protection it offers from ultraviolet rays,” he said, adding that he also considered issuing new uniforms with lighter fabric suitable to the weather.
Upon Gunnacao’s appeal, donations quickly came. The HPG already received 24 heavy duty tents from the Hypro Construction and Development Corp. for use as command posts and shelter for commuters.
They were also given 200 raincoats, 200 rubber boots, 200 reflectorized gloves, 200 face masks, 200 rechargeable flashlights, and six digital cameras from the Management Association of the Philippines.
“This public-private partnership is the essence of the Filipino value of bayanihan. We can only do much about the traffic situation on EDSA, but we know we can do it with your support,” Superintendent Oliver Tanseco said.