Issue of February 3, 2019

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Remote school is beneficiary of police’s Project Kabadang
by Peter A. Balocnit / PIA

A remote school in Barangay Pangol in Tanudan, Kalinga is the latest beneficiary of the 1st Kalinga Provincial Mobile Force Company (KPMFC)’s best practice dubbed Project Kabadang.

For three years now, the KPMFC reaches out to people in far-flung areas providing services, distributing schools supplies and goodies to pupils, and conducting information, education, and communication campaigns.

When the Philippine National Police leadership pushed for reforms and cascaded its Patrol Plan 2030, the KPMFC integrated outreach programs in its activities, giving equal attention to humanitarian missions believing that this is a weapon of winning the hearts and minds of people in the communities to support the organization’s programs.

The outreach program was started in 2016 by then Kalinga Provincial Police Safety Company, now KPMFC. It was piloted in conflict areas or those visited by the New People’s Army. It was called “Blessing ko, share ko” as resources would be pooled from the company’s personnel and Company Advisory Council (CAC) members to buy goodies and school supplies and for supplemental feeding.

During meetings of the CAC, members agreed that the primary beneficiaries would be schools because the project aims to complement the school in educating the children to become law abiding citizens, to build foundations on patriotism, to embrace democracy, and to engage them to become a support group on crime prevention.

Aside from IEC campaigns, school children would be provided with school supplies and goodies as well as supplemental feeding after the program. 

Parents of school children, parents-teachers association officers, and barangay officials are invited to join.

“This way, the learnings from the activity are inculcated to them to become a unifying experience in working building a peaceful environment at home,” P/Supt. Joseph Adornado Santos said.

P/Supt. Jomarick Felina, former KPPSC commander, said during a gift-giving in 2016 at Gawidan Elementary School, his company collected a portion of the 14th month pay of each police, which was spent to buy school supplies like writing pads, pencils, pens, and crayons. This was augmented from CAC member donations.

Gawidan ES Principal Mark Malamnao said he was thankful that his school was chosen as a recipient. It was the first gift giving they experienced.

KPMFC eventually decided to tweak and rename the outreach program “Kabadang,” which stands for “Kalinga at pagmamahal sa kabataan biyaya alay ng kapulisan tungo sa dakilang adhikaing kapayapaan na ninanais ng mamamayan at gobyerno.” Kabadang means a volunteer helper.

Before the gift-giving, demonstrations on basic safety measures and earthquake drills were conducted. There were lectures on anti-criminality, terrorism and lately, anti-bullying. Various IEC materials including violence against women and children were distributed to the participants.

The activity is also a means of cascading the PNP road map, its vision and mission, its mandate, core values, and core competence.

The pupils, parents, and other locals were served free meals after the program.

Since 2015, 16 gift-giving activities were conducted under Kabadang.

In 2017, the unit also helped construct the San Pablo Elementary School building and planted trees around the school compound. The KMFC was able to solicit gravel and sand from good Samaritans and lumber and seedlings from the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.

The latest outreach in Pangol, Tanudan, was joined by the 503rd Brigade and 5th CMO of the 5th Infantry Division, Philippine Army.

Personnel of Alpha Company 5th CMO lectured on anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism  with film showing, discussed its negative effects to the community, and further explained to the participants the disadvantages of the presence of Communist Party of the Philippines/NPA in their barangay and the reasons not to join the CPP/NPA. 

Through Kabadang, the Kalinga police is succeeding in bringing the PNP organization closer to the community to win their hearts and minds and gain their support in the government’s fight against criminality.

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