PALAYAN CITY – Some 190 youths in this capital city of Nueva Ecija aged between 15-21 were recruited to become part of a novel program launched by the city government and the local police dubbed as “Junior Police” project where they will serve as “force multipliers” or “first aiders/responders” of the authorities in the city’s 19 barangays.
City Mayor Rianne J. Cuevas and City Police head Lt. Col. Renato C. Morales led the launching of the new project at the city hall’s covered court here on Friday.
Also joining the activity were the mayor’s daughter Vianne Cuevas, Vice Mayor Moises Carmona Jr. and members of the city council, the city’s 19 barangay captains, members of the Sangguniang Kabataan and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management office.
Aside from serving as “force multipliers,” the “Junior Police” will also act as “first aiders or first responders” in disaster or community-safety operations, said Cuevas.
The program was launched to equip the youth with the basic know-how in the fields of law enforcement, disaster management, community safety, traffic management, environmental protection, and health.
“Layunin nito na mahubog ang mga kabataan at maihanda sila bilang katuwang ng PNP at barangay tanod sa pagpapatupad ng kapayapaan at kaayusan,” said Cuevas.
“Tuturuan silang makitungo sa kanilang kapuwa ng may puso sa pamamagitan ng pagsama at pangunguna sa mga community service, maging maalam sa batas at napapanahong balita at maging makabayan. Sila ay aalalayan ng PNP para masigurong magagampanan nila ang kanilang mga tungkulin,” added the city mayor.
During the launching, Vianne urged them to become role models in their respective communities and in other endeavors involving the youth sector. She tackled the importance of mental health and drug abuse awareness among the youths of today.
It was learned that these 190 new members of the “Junior Police” force were recruited from the city’s 19 barangays with 10 of them coming from each barangay. All new recruits will receive a monthly allowance, Red Cross accident insurance benefits, free uniforms and other benefits.
Cuevas said their deployment in the barangays is by schedule so that their schooling will not be affected.