Manila police rolls off mobile library with teacher-cops for street children

Marje Pelayo   •   November 27, 2018   •   4641

Members of the Philippine National Police teaching the street children in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Cops in Manila have taken turns gathering street children along Roxas Boulevard not to arrest them but to give them books to read.

Street children are prone to street crimes and their vulnerability are being corrupted at an early age if without proper guidance.

They spend most of their time loitering in parks or along the roads begging for alms.

Nineteen-year-old Lhera recalled how she became accustomed to doing things which she shouldn’t have been doing at a young age.

Due to lack of proper guidance, they just did what they thought was good but was in fact doing things that are against the law.

“Dati po nagnanakaw, nagso-solvent. Nanghahablot po kapag hindi kami binigyan. Pero dahil po sa mga guro naming pulis, nagbago po kami,” Lhera said.

That’s why personnel from the Manila Police District (MPD) launched the mobile library project dubbed as “Pulis na, Teacher pa” program to help street children and out-of-school-youth like Lhera to learn basic academic lessons, good manners and right conduct as well as personal hygiene.

The mobile library regularly parks along Roxas Boulevard every Wednesdays and Fridays.

It is equipped with a wide variety of books collected from private donations. It has audio-visual aids which are effective tools to catch the interests of children.

“Ang magiging subject for the day namin ngayon ay ipapakita ng volunteer teacher namin kung sino ang mga bayani natin. Basic at ang parts of the body at ang mga kinds of job na gusto nilang marating balang araw,” explained one of teacher-cops SPO1 Dennis Bendo.

This gesture by policemen is very much appreciated by the parents of street children in the area because they see how their children learn good things and moral values through the project.

“Malaking tulong po kasi nakakalimutan nila ang mga bisyo nila. Kadalasan kasi ang mga bata ay nagbibisyo sila. Hawa-hawa katulad ng pagso-solvent, nagpupuyat sa gabi. Hindi katulad ngayon maaga pa lang naghihintay na sila,” said Jocelyn, one of the parents.

According to the proponent of the project District Mobile Force Battalion Chief PSupt. Rex Arvin Malimban, their mobile library has just debuted on October 24 and he wishes it to be part of a regular program of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in order to save the street children from becoming liabilities in the society.

“Nag-ugat po ito doon sa mga issue ng mga kabataan na nagba-viral. Umaakyat sa jeep, nang-i- snatch. Kapag nakukuha natin ang mga kabataan, majority are minors so syempre isinu-surrender natin sa DWSD. After ilang (araw) minsan within a day, ibabalik sa pamilya nila o sa barangay nila. So paulit ulit lang ang process. So nag-isip kami ng paraan kung paano kami makaka interact sa kanila,” Malimban explained.

The PNP leadership, meanwhile, is in support of the project. In fact, PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde is keen on launching mobile libraries and teacher-cops in different parts of the country.

“Puwedeng gayahin ng iba iyan. That’s one good practice para makatulong diyan sa mga batang nasa streets lang at wala silang kakayahan o their parents na papuntahin sa mga schools, At least, para makatulong man lang tayo sa mga kabataan. Kung pwede natin magawa iyan sa Mindanao ay gagawin natin,” Albayalde concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

A PNP patrol car turned into a mini library

 

 

MPD warns of arrest for health protocol violators at Traslacion 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) announced that violators of health and safety protocols during the commemoration of this year’s Traslacion will face arrest.

Authorities said they will practice maximum tolerance in dealing with devotees and will remind them to follow safety protocols including wearing of footwear. Several devotees are known to go barefoot when visiting Quiapo Church during Traslacion.

The Manila Public Employment Office will also distribute face masks to devotees if they are not wearing one.

The MPD said they will resort to arrest if devotees will continue to practice unruly behavior such as refusing to abide by the minimum health and safety protocols or if they are caught doing petty crimes such as snatching.

The MPD added that they will deploy personnel around the area to monitor the devotees.

Minors, aged 15 and below as well as senior citizens, will not be allowed in the area.

Despite the cancellation of the massive procession due to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities still expect devotees to travel to Quiapo Church.

Devotees are also encouraged to commemorate Traslacion in the safety of their homes to avoid the further spread of the COVID-19 virus. AAC

NCRPO confirms first COVID-19 case in Manila Police

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 24, 2020

The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) on Tuesday (March 24) confirmed the first case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manila Police District (MPD).

In a statement, the NCRPO said the first confirmed COVID-19 case was considered as person under investigation (PUI) last March 17.

NCRPO Chief PMGen. Debold Sinas immediately ordered to disinfect and decontaminate the station where the confirmed case was assigned.

“As soon as the decontamination takes place, other police officers will take over the duties and responsibilities of the station while the colleagues are considered PUIs,” Sinas said.

Sinas also said they are already conducting contact tracing of those who had contact with the NCRPO patient.

“We will advise them for home quarantine until March 28,” he said.

“We are also human beings susceptible to COVID-19. And as law enforcers, we are facing higher risks of exposure to this pathogen as part of our pledge to serve and protect our fellowmen,” he added.—AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

Mayor Isko orders raid of ‘Recto University’

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Police District (MPD) Special Mayor’s Reaction Team raided the Recto area where fake documents are being produced.

The area, known as ‘Recto University,’ was popular for its open business of forging fake government documents and identification cards.

Authorities ransacked all stalls even those that were closed at the moment of the raid.

They searched the entire area even the residential houses near stalls alleged as operating such illegal business.

The operation is in line with the directive of Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso to track the offenders of the law across the city, especially after the Mayor found out that even the city government’s official receipt is being faked.

Several machines use to replicate school diplomas, birth certificates, transcript of records, driver’s license, firearms license, marriage certificates and NBI clearance among others.

Operatives also seized piles of printed fake documents during the search.

Domagoso expressed dismay over the incident and to the barangay officials who were supposed to manage the Recto area.

“Sa susunod na may gumawa ng fake ID, fake na diploma, lahat ng uri ng fake na imprenta sa baranggay mo, kasama ka na sa kaso (The next time somebody in your area of responsibility produces fake ID, fake diploma, all kinds of fake documents, you will be involved in the charges),” the city Mayor warned barangay officials.

Domagoso further expressed anger towards members of Manila Police who act as protectors of printing shops producing fake documents along Recto Avenue.

“Dinoble na ng pangulo ng bansa ang sweldo nyo. May mga allowance pa kayo sa siyudad. Ibinibigay kung ano ang dapat sa inyo (The President already doubled your salary. You also receive allowances from the city government. You are even provided of what you deserve),” Domagoso said.

The Mayor warns rogue policemen to rectify their actions, otherwise, suffer the consequences.

“Kapag hindi kayo tumigil , ang susunod kung i-re-raid ang presinto (If you don’t shape up, I will raid police stations next),” Mayor Isko said.

“Poposasan ko kayo sa mata ng publiko na kung saan ikahihiya ninyo habang buhay. Kahit pamilya ninyo (I will put handcuffs on you and I will embarrass you which you will remember for the rest of your life. Even by your family) you will be disowned,” he added.

The city mayor is determined to curb the illegal operations of the so-called ‘Recto University’ in Manila.

In November, six persons were arrested in an entrapment operation by MPD-SMART on the act of producing fake ID cards of persons with disability (PWD) and senior citizens. – MNP (with details from Bernard Dadis)

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