THE Metro Manila police’s Virtual Bisita Eskwela program or Oplan VIBES is now rolling on to serve students belonging to poor families widely affected by the pandemic, National Capital Region Police Office director, Major General Vicente D. Danao Jr. told the Journal Group on Sunday.
Danao said that they have also rolled on their Mobile Kusina and Tele-Eskwela at Barangayanihan programs under Oplan VIBES.
The latest to benefit from the program last Saturday were over 100 urban poor children from Barangay 629 in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Maj. Gen. Danao said that thru the program, participants are entertained thru film-showing and story-telling while getting a lecture on women and child rights and minimum health safety protocols including the mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields and social distancing to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Beneficiaries are also given food packs, health kits, books and vitamins during their feeding program.
Danao said members of the NCRPO and the Manila Police District (MPD) led by Colonel Julius Suriben and Lieutenant Colonels Jenny Tecson and Julius Caesar Domingo as well as officers of the Kilusan ng Kabataan Kontra Droga at Terorismo (KKDAT) were responsible for the program in Manila.
On the same day, at least 1,000 residents of Lower Bicutan, Taguig City also benefitted from the NCRPO’s Serbisyong Tama Caravan which was launched by Danao to help support urban poor folks in the metropolis during the pandemic.
Maj. Gen. Danao has also empowered local government unit personnel specifically barangay ‘tanods’ in promoting peace and order and safety in their neighborhood thru the NCRPO’s Patrolling and Response Operations Training to Empower Civilian Volunteers and Tanods or PROTECT program.
Most recent graduates of the program were 78 barangay security officers from Bgy. Talon Singko in Las Piñas City. Danao and Southern Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Jimili L. Macaraeg were joined by Bgy. Talon Singko chairwoman Josefina Bumanlag in the graduation ceremony of the PROTECT volunteers.
Danao said the PROTECT program aims to strengthen the capabilities of the different NCRPO’s ‘force multipliers’ in responding to any situation in their areas.
“Always remember that crime prevention is everybody’s duty. Hindi lang po ito duty ng pulis, hindi lang ito duty ng tanod, hindi lang ito duty ng ating punong-barangay bagkus ito ay responsibilidad ng bawat mamamayan ng ating lugar. Mas maganda kasi yan na nakikita ng ating mga kababayan na ang ating pulis, ang ating barangay ang ating mga tanod at ating mga CVO ay nakikitang nagkakaisa lalong lalo na dito sa anti-criminality, illegal drugs at lalo na sa anti-terrorism,” the NCRPO director said.