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Pangasinan Police Donate PHP100 Thousand To Colleague With Kidney Transplant


Pangasinan Police Donate PHP100 Thousand To Colleague With Kidney Transplant


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Another good news came for a 46-year-old cop who just underwent kidney transplant.

Staff Sgt. Virgilio Sanchez received PHP100,000 in cash from his fellow Pangasinan police officers to cover for his medications and other needs.

The funds were pooled from a shooting competition and personal donations of chiefs of police in the province.

Myrna, the wife of Sanchez who underwent surgery at Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City last month, received the money from Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPPO) chief Col. Jeff Fanged on Saturday.

“Malaking tulong sa amin para sa pang-araw araw na gamot niya, lalo na ang mga ito ay anti-rejection (This is a huge help for his daily medication especially since those are anti-rejection medicines),” she said.

Although the transplant was a success, the battle against renal infection continues.

Myrna said her husband’s kidney problem was discovered in 2021. For two and a half years, he underwent regular dialysis.

“Dialysis was said to prolong the life of the patient but there was no guarantee to it. From stage three, his condition elevated to stage five since his two kidneys were already non-responsive to medication. Somebody convinced us to consider kidney transplant,” she said.

They started looking for donors in June 2021.

Sanchez has been in the police service for more than 20 years now. His last assignment was at Binmaley Police Station.

The PPPO began Project CARES (Compassionate Act towards the Recovery and Encouragement of the Sick) in 2023.

Among their fundraising activities, the semi-annual shooting competition has benefited 21 officers to date.

“Napakalaking bagay (ito) para sa ating mga kasamahan na umaasa lang sa sweldo nila. Wala silang ibang income. ‘Yung financial support na ibibigay natin ay makapagpatawid uli sa kanila ng ilang buwan (This is a huge help for our colleagues who rely solely on their salaries. They do not have other sources of income. The financial support they help them can get them through several months),” Fangel said. (PNA)