How to help the families of the 44 PNP-SAF officers

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Here are some ways to honor the sacrifice of the 44 Special Action Force officers and extend assistance to their kin
A grieving relative of one of the slain SAF member is wheeled past flag-draped coffins during a heroes' welcome at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on January 29, 2015. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Here’s how you can help the families of the 44 Special Action Force officers who were killed in an encounter in Maguindanao:

1. Honor their sacrifice

Leave a message in the comments section below, on MovePH’s Facebook page or on Twitter. Share your thoughts and words of condolence with the families of the officers. 

2. Donate to the families

If you want to donate some money for the families, the government is accepting donations through the Land Bank of the Philippines. There are two accounts where you can donate:

  • Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) – Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) Account Name: “DSWD-Armed Conflict Mamasapano, Maguindanao” – LBP Current Account Number (CA) No. 3122-1026-28

  • Philippine National Police, LBP Account Name:  “PNP Special Assistance Fund” – LBP Current Account Number (CA) No. Account 1862-1027-77.  Donors may contact through text PCinsp Renante F. Pinuela of DC – +63.917.8576020 

3. Support initiatives that will be donating to the families

You can also help out by doing business with companies that have announced initiatives to donate proceeds to the above-mentioned accounts.

For instance, Uber Manila announced in messages sent to its users that proceeds for rides taken today will be “donated to the Land Bank of the Philippines account specifically set up by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).”

Assistance

The fallen 44 troops of Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) did not just leave a mourning nation behind.

Before they became heroes, they were husbands, fathers, fiancés, and sons to their loved ones who are now grieving for their loss.

According to PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo, the families of the fallen cops are entitled to benefits. 

Depending on their rank and length of service, the families of each policeman will receive at least P950,000 and posthumous promotion or awards.

Aside from psychosocial counseling, the families will also get education and livelihood assistance from the DSWD. – Rappler.com