By Marisol Bo-oc | 06:10 PM January 28, 2021
The Tagbilaran City Police Station has launched the “Project Marcial” to help a mentally challenged man in a village in Tagbilaran City to live a normal life.
In a Facebook post, Police Staff Sergeant Jacky De Castro posted that they called the man “Brother Marcial”, 36, a resident of Barangay San Isidro.
“Brother Marcial” becomes “mentally unstable” due to malnutrition.
“He was once a candle vendor at Cathedral Church but due to family difficulties, very elderly Grandmother and Mother etc, he stopped selling so he can tend to them. Until one day, he became mentally unstable,” De Castro posted on Facebook.
De Castro narrated that police “spotted” him causing public disturbance.
He said he wanted to eat but because he became violent he needed to be locked up.
“Thankfully, our station has become his haven, sharing what little food we have to him,” De Castro said.
Police Col. Mary Crystal Peralta, chief of Tagbilaran Police, initiated “Project Marcial” thru Adopt-a-Family (Kapwa ko, Sagot ko) Program of Philippine National Police. This program aims to help indigent families greatly affected by CoVid-19 Pandemic.
Team Tagbilaran Police will help “Brother Marcial” regain his sound mind and healthy body.
Personnel from City police and city government of Tagbilaran went to the house of “Brother Marcial” in San Isidro to gather information regarding his circumstances.
Upon arrival, it was found out that only his aged grandmother and mother lived there.
“A house, literally broken, without water and electricity, with only “lugaw” as food eaten once a day,” De Castro wrote.
“Team TCPS is very determined to help him regain his proper condition, maybe and maybe… someone out there wanted to help too.. Just maybe, after all, it is so much better to give than to receive,” De Castro said.