The Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) here will be focusing on another community responsibility, this time as teachers through the “Pulis Ko, Titser Ko” Program, which will be launched September 13 at the New Buswang Elementary School.
The Aklan PPO said the program will be launched regionwide. September 13 will also serve as the first day of class under the program.
Aklan PPO Police Community Relations Officer Belshazzar Villanoche said the launching in New Buswang Elementary School will also be graced by APPO Provincial Director Epifanio Bragais and DepEd officials. The program is implemented by the PNP through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DepEd.
The Aklan PPO will be deploying a female member of its force in Buswang Elementary School to teach a section of Grade IV pupils.
Before the “first day” of class, the Aklan PNP was tasked to make necessary preparations and coordinations with the school officials of the school and prepare their police-teacher for the “opening” of classes, points and factors to consider during the opening and for the subsequent success of the program.
The PNP has also to establish individual baseline data of students to be used in the evaluation later such as the needs of the students through exhibited behavior like low self-esteem, depression, crime risk behaviors (delinquency, substance use, violence, risky sexual behavior, quarelling, and corruption-risk behaviors like cheating, dishonesty, lying, stealing, etc.)
The PNP will also need to establish a baseline data on academic underachievement of pupils like poor academic performance, cases of school dropouts, cutting of classes and many others.
When the baseline data is completed, the police-teacher will work on how to improve identified problems of concerned pupils through the program and through the various interventions introduced to create change.
The PNP said the preparations as well as the strategies applied for the program aims to make sure that it will have a significant impact on the lives of the pupils. The positive result of this program is seen to merit replication and adaptions of other classes and schools and to gain support from the community eventually.
The APPO holds office in Camp Pastor Martelino, located in New Buswang, one of the 16 barangays of Kalibo.
For Poblacion Kalibo, the Kalibo PNP has chosen the Kalibo Pilot Elementary School (KPES) to benefit from the program. (PIA/Venus G. Villanueva)