Helping hand

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Thursday, July 24, 2014

IT DOES seem that the world never runs out of good people, as what Sun.Star Cebu told us in its issue yesterday. There was an item that called my attention about a police officer who lent assistance to a senior citizen.

Being a senior citizen myself, I was taken by the act. But of course, by the same token and as we all know, the world is also having its equal share of the sad side of things in our daily existence.

There was, for instance, that front page item in the same issue of Sun.Star yesterday that told of how inmates in the Cebu City Jail are getting “poor health care and nutrition, overcrowding and lack of medicine or food aid.” And the report noted that what has been cited are just among the problems that the inmates are facing.


This was pointed out by a group of “missionaries” who asked the Cebu City government” what it could do to solve the said problems.

The head of the Missionaries of Hope reported the problems they observed while doing charity work with the detainees of the city jail. It is said that some officials of the jail had presented these problems before the City’s Police Coordinating and Advisory Council (PCAC) where the jail is said to be represented.

The jail warden himself revealed that 35 inmates have been diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), while 39 were reportedly confined in the jail’s psychiatric cells for various ailments.

However, of the number of those reported to have TB, 13 were released for having been cured and were transferred to another detention cell. Luckily, only one of those who contracted TB had died. The rest are still under observation.

The problem, though, is that the jail does not have a doctor that could regularly see them and observe their respective conditions. Along this line, the Missionaries of Hope is asking the city to please “provide a doctor, a psychiatrist…portable x-ray…and laboratory.”

In the case of the helpful city cop, 75-year-old Orlando Enoveso suffered a flat tire along Juan Luna Ave. He was with his wife.

Several people passed him by while he was trying to repair his car. Some did offer to help him replace the car’s tire, but while he had the tools, he did not accept the offer.

According to PO1 Mark Wilson Roa, he watched Enoveso from the distance to ensure that no one would take advantage of him. But when he saw that the senior citizen had difficulty doing the task, Roa went out to offer his help. This time, Enoveso gave him the tools.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank PO1 Roa of Cebu City who, last July 15 in front of the Carmelite Monastery, offered to help me change a flat tire without asking for anything in return,” said Enoveso in a post in his Facebook account. “In all my 75 years, this is the first time I’ve been assisted selflessly by a police officer. Again much gratitude to you, PO1 Roa.”

“When we help, we should not think of what we can get in return. Think of it as part of our duty,” Roa in turn told a Sun.Star Cebu reporter.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 25, 2014.


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