MANILA CITY – Policemen in Manila took a break from their duty to roll out mobile library designed for street children in the city, a report by UNTV said.
Personnel from the Manila Police District (MPD) introduced its mobile library project called “Pulis Na, Teacher Pa” to help street children and out-of-school youth to learn good manners and right conduct and basic academic lessons as well as personal hygiene.
The mini library is located along Roxas Boulevard which is open to the kids every Wednesdays and Fridays. It is equipped with different books donated by private entities as well as audio-visual aids which are effective tools to catch the interests of children.
“Ang magiging subject for the day namin ngayon ay ipapakita ng volunteer teacher namin kung sino ang mga bayani natin. Basic at ang parts of the body at ang mga kinds of job na gusto nilang marating balang araw,” SPO1 Dennis Bendo, said.
(Our subject for the day shows the country’s heroes, basic parts of the body, and kinds of jobs they want to reach someday.)
The mobile library, which made its debut on October 24, will be one of the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) regular programs in order to save the street children from becoming liabilities in the community, according to District Mobile Force Battalion Chief PSupt. Rex Arvin Malimban, the project’s proponent.
PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde has expressed his full support for the MPD’s initiative and is looking at introducing mobile libraries and police-teachers in several parts of the country.
“Puwedeng gayahin ng iba iyan. That’s one good practice para makatulong diyan sa mga batang nasa streets lang at wala silang kakayahan o their parents na papuntahin sa mga schools, At least, para makatulong man lang tayo sa mga kabataan. Kung pwede natin magawa iyan sa Mindanao ay gagawin natin,” he added.
(Other police can mimic this project. That’s one good practice of helping street children especially those who cannot afford to go to schools. This could be one way of extending educational assistance to them. If we can bring this to Mindanao, we will do so.)
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