LINGAYEN, Pangasinan -- Some 50 policemen and women in the province joined the “Fun Walk” with elementary and high school students in this town to show their support to proper child care in celebration of the National Children’s Month this November.
Police Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, police community relations officer of the Pangasinan Police Provincial Office (PPO), said that aside from the “Fun Walk”, the Pangasinan police continuously promotes the welfare of the children through their various programs.
“We have the crime prevention and other advocacy campaigns wherein we hold lectures in different schools regarding laws affecting children, adverse effects of early pregnancy, responsible parenting, and promoting gender development among others,” said Florentino in an interview Wednesday.
After the Fun Walk, a program was held headed by acting police provincial director, Senior Superintendent Wilson Lopez in front of the Capitol building here, while the PPO mascots danced alongside police personnel to entertain the other participants.
“We use the mascots to tell the children that policemen and women are their protectors, thus no need to be afraid of us. The mascots are also present even during the Kalusugan Caravan (medical mission) of our provincial government,” he said.
He added police personnel also take part in the flag raising ceremonies in the elementary and high schools in the province to make the children comfortable with their presence.
The National Children’s Month celebration was spearheaded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and National Youth Commission (NYC).
This year’s theme is “Isulong: Tamang pag-aaruga para sa lahat ng mga bata.” (PNA)