A family of 12, Velarde family is a product of broken home. The family lives in the small hut in Sitio Tawi, Calawit San Jose Camarines Sur. Life in the Sitio was hard, most often with no food on their plates.
Tired of the situation Mrs. Velarde decided to find a job in the town but not long enough when Mr. Velarde discovered that his wife was meeting with another guy. Mr. Velarde could not take betrayal from his wife, he lost control of his life and in the end had his 5 young children neglected while the others has already their own families.
In February 2019 when typhoon Betty hit the province, the Velarde’s was one of the families who have been severely devastated. Their house that they considered the only place of refuge has been totally damaged.
The minor children survived with the foods being given in the neighborhood until one day a concerned citizen posted their plight and reached the doors of Police Regional Office 5.
It was during this time when the Regional Community Affairs Development Division (RCADD) of PRO5 planned to personally visit the Velarde family in the province of Camarines Sur to bring assistance and to know more about how the organization can further help ease their predicaments.
February 27, 2019, PRO5 in partnership with the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 5, stakeholders, and other volunteers brought the good news to the family that various individuals had expressed their willingness to help in building a new home for them.
The family moved in their new home on March 12, 2019. The head of the family is in stable condition and the children of the Velarde’s continuously pursuing their studies driven to fulfil their dreams and build a brighter future.
Finding hope in the new home of Velarde Family FeaturedWritten by Regional Public Information Office 5
Police Regional Office 5 through the Regional Community Affairs and Development Division and collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Development, RO5, visited the Velarde Family at Sitio Tawi, Calawit San Jose Camarines Sur on March 24, 2021 and handed over assorted food packs to the family.