THE orphans of 23 Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel killed in the line of duty are now scholars courtesy of the PNP Bayaning Pulis Foundation Educational Assistance Program, officials said yesterday.
On Saturday, the 23 orphaned dependents of the deceased policemen, accompanied by their mothers and other relatives, got their scholarship grants during ceremonies at the Meridian Innovation Center in Pasay City.
PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Lieutenant General Rhodel O. Sermonia graced the ceremonies.
The PNP-Bayaning Pulis Foundation Educational Assistance Program is a testament to the PNP’s commitment to the welfare of its personnel and their families, said the official.
It particularly ensures that the children of PNP personnel who died in the line of duty will receive the support they need to pursue their educational aspirations, he added.
The program covers various educational expenses, including tuition and school supplies, to help the grantee alleviate the financial burden on families orphaned by the heroic death of their policemen-fathers, husbands or brothers.
“Today, we stand together to honor the memory of our brave officers who paid the ultimate price in service to our country.
Through this educational assistance program, we aim to provide a bright future for their children as a tribute to their sacrifice,” Lt. Gen. Sermonia said.
The PNP leadership is headed by General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr., who expressed his deep appreciation to all those who have contributed to the success of the PNP-Bayaning Pulis Foundation Educational Assistance Program.