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Cebu cops give free wheelchairs to indigents

Iris Hazel M. Mascardo - The Freeman
Cebu cops give free wheelchairs to indigents
Dubbed as “Wheel of Love,” CCPO will donate at least four wheelchairs per month. Wheelchairs are among the common types of assistive technologies used to improve personal mobility.

CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) has launched a program which seeks to improve the mobility of indigent people with disabilities.

Dubbed as “Wheel of Love,” CCPO will donate at least four wheelchairs per month. Wheelchairs are among the common types of assistive technologies used to improve personal mobility.

The program is an expanded CCPO’s community support services “to provide mobility aid and assistance giving priority to indigent recipients.”

It was launched in Liloan town, northern Cebu on September 11.

CCPO Director Engelbert Soriano said eight wheelchairs were turned over to the beneficiaries during the launching.

“Eight indigent Liloanons were given wheelchairs during the launching ceremony, and we will continue to bless the Cebuanos with four wheelchairs each month,” he said.

“This is your PNP (Philippine National Police) exemplifying its mandate of serving and protecting the people,” he added.

He said it is now easier and convenient for people with physical impairment.

“They are given a chance to an enhanced quality of life, opening opportunities to engage in activities with limited assistance,” he said.

He said the funds for the purchase of wheelchairs come from CCPO cops, saying these are voluntary contributions.

Each wheelchair costs at least P5,000.

Soriano said they are hoping to get more sponsors to boost the program.

Aside from wheelchairs, CCPO also donated food packs and other goods to some residents of Liloan. — KQD (FREEMAN)

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