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Carlos lauds Aklan PNP’s ‘Project: Kaisang Bisig’ to help the poorest of the poor

February 17, 2022 Alfred P. Dalizon 387 views

CarlosPHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief, General Dionardo B. Carlos has lauded a noble program of the Aklan Police Provincial Office to help the ‘poorest of the poor’ in the hinterlands of the province and keep them away from the clutches of the New People’s Army (NPA).

The top cop said Project: Kaisang Bisig was initiated by officers and men of the 1st Aklan Provincial Mobile Force Company to create a deliverable and sustainable community service to poor people, specifically members of indigenous tribes in far-flung and mountainous areas of the province.

Project: Kaisang Bisig saw the 1st Aklan PMFC partnering with the local Department of Education and the Aklan Provincial Advisory Council to provide basic education to IP children in so-called geographically isolated and disadvantageous areas in Aklan which is one of the provinces of Western Visayas.

As a result, the local policemen, in partnership with the DepEd-Aklan established the Oyang Primary School located in one of the hinterlands of Libacao municipality to provide basic education to young tribesmen in the area.

Situated some 52 kilometers or roughly two hours away from Kalibo, the capital town of Aklan, the Oyang Primary School already has 27 indigenous children as students earning it commendations from Gen. Carlos and Police Regional Office 6 (PRO6) director, Brigadier Gen. Flynn E. Dongbo.

The program which is part of their concept of a ‘whole of government approach’ to end local communist insurgency was a brainchild of the 1st Aklan PMFC headed by Major Donnel P. Regis and the Aklan Police Provincial Office led by Colonel Crisaleo R. Tolentino.

Other stakeholders who helped local police start the program include representatives from the Dep-Ed-Aklan’s Social Mobilization and Networking Department headed by Dep-Ed education program specialist Apple Gay Oquendo.

Recently, the local policemen and their partners distributed 27 nits of AM/FM radios, toys and snacks to their IP students.

Gen. Carlos said that indigenous people including their young children living in remote areas are most vulnerable to NPA recruitment and other abuses.

“They are one of the most vulnerable and are often marginalized due to lack of access to real-time and reliable information and pronouncements brought by absence of basic communication equipment as well as unavailability of internet connectivity in their place,” the top cop said.

“Para sa isang modernisasyong panahon meron tayo ngayon, ang iba’t-ibang uri ng ng kagamitan pangkumunikasyon gaya ng radyo ay napakaimportante lalo na sa mga malalayo at bulubunduking lugar sa bansa. Ito ay hindi lamang para sila ay malibang sa pakikinig, bagkus ito ay magbibigay sa kanila ng tamang kamalayan upang malaman nila ang mga pangyayari sa loob at labas ng bansa, ibat-ibang programa ng ating gobyerno at mga paalala upang maiwasan ang maling impormasyon na ikapahamak nila,” Gen. Carlos added.

The PNP chief said Project: Kaisang Bisig reflects the PNP’s commitment and support to President Duterte’s program to end local communist armed conflict by providing rebels with a sustainable livelihood package that will enable them to feed their families and return to the mainstream of the society.

“Hinahangaan ko ang mga ganitong inisyatibong ipinapatupad ng ating mga kapulisan na isang magandang ehemplo ng ating patuloy na pagtaguyod ng kaayusan at kapayapaan sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng paghatid ng serbisyo sa ating mga mamamayan kahit gaano man ito kalayo,” Gen. Carlos said.

The project is also being fully supported by the Aklan provincial government and private companies in the province.

It is anchored on the need for the PNP and other government agencies and private stakeholders to fully cooperate and coordinate with each other in order to deliver essential service to local residents.

“It particularly aims to bridge the gap between the government and the community as all concerned have made their commitment to help the program to continue,” Gen. Carlos said.

The program previously saw officials distributing learning kits and brush cutters to different public elementary schools in Aklan

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