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

Marje Pelayo   •   November 27, 2018   •   5310

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 probes 25 Chinese nationals in foiled attempts to get COVID jabs

Marje Pelayo   •   April 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Manila Police District (MPD) is investigating 25 Chinese nationals who allegedly attempted to get coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine shots by presenting dubious medical certificates in various vaccination sites in the city.

MPD Chief BGen Leo Francisco said they are still evaluating if the medical certificates were authentic or not.

Based on MPD’s spot report released on Sunday (April 4), 19 Chinese were questioned in Ermita Station and six others in Tondo trying to get vaccinated using questionable medical certificates.

Francisco said some of the Chinese were tourists who don’t speak Filipino or English and are not from Manila.

However, Francisco said they are still evaluating if the medical certificates presented were authentic or not.

He said the Chinese nationals registered via Manila’s and got QR (quick response) codes.

Francisco said the Manila Health Department (MHD) asked for police assistance.

On Monday, the MPD sent letters to the Chinese Embassy and to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to ask for more information about the apprehended Chinese nationals.

A letter was also sent to the Professional Regulation Commission to get details on the signatory in the medical certificates.

MPD arrests 6 Chinese, 3 Filipinos for fake certificate during COVID-19 vaccination

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Manila Police District (MPD) has arrested six Chinese nationals and three Filipinos for presenting fake medical certificates during vaccination for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

On Sunday (April 4), local authorities accosted the said individuals for their fake medical certificates during a vaccination rollout in Sergio Osmeña High School Gagalangin Tondo, Manila.

The police identified the six Chinese nationals as Shi Jialiang, 34 years old; Dong Cai Y Yang, 48 years old; Manuel Chan Y Ong, 49 years old; Jessebele Ong Chan Chua, 43 years old; Hong Hong Yi, and Hing Yuen. 

Meanwhile, the three Filipinos were identified as Aune Loresto, 19 years old; Jolina Deonila, 19 years old; and Deolita Malguita Jr., 27 years old.

Local authorities say the individuals were brought to Police Station 1 Investigation Section for proper disposition. AAC

3 dead, 2 injured in Ermita building collapse

Maris Federez   •   March 21, 2021

Photo courtesy: Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide unit

MANILA, Philippines — A building that was being demolished in Ermita, Manila collapsed on Saturday.

The Manila Police District (MPD) Homicide unit said five construction workers were trapped when the building, located at the demolition site of Old PhilAM compound, UN Avenue cor. Ma. Orosa Street, caved in at about 11:15 a.m. on Mar 20, 2021.

Three workers died while two others were injured.

MPD Homicide Unit chief PCpt. Henry Navarro said the two who sustained injuries were immediately rescued and were rushed to Philippine Orthopedic Center Quezon City. They were identified as Aaron Eleutrio and Airold Sidro, both 20 years old.

The three, on the other hand, had been trapped overnight. Their bodies were retrieved Sunday morning.

Their bodies have already been identified by their relatives who were notified by the authorities. They were Richard Bugarin, 31 years old;  Joseph Lacsa; and Jomar Torillos, 27.

Authorities said one of them is still in critical condition, while the other is now safe.

Cpt. Navarro said they are still ascertaining the accountabilities of the workers’ employer and the building contractor on the incident.

“Kahapon po, may natabunan pong lima. Nalabas naman agad yung dalawa. Buhay naman sila. Yung tatlo po, naipit doon overnight. Kaninang umaga nag-resume yung retrieval operations. Nakuha na po silang tatlo. Lahat po patay na,” Navarro said.—/mbmf


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