TACURONG CITY, Philippines — It’s not only Santa Claus that gives toys and dresses to the kids. Sometimes, the givers wear police uniforms.
Nearly a hundred of children in a remote village in Columbio town in Sultan Kudarat province received assorted toys from the troops of the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Mobile Force Company (SKPMFC).
Police Colonel Roy Romualdo, commander of the Sultan Kudarat Provincial mobile Force Company (SKPMFC), led the distribution of the toys to the children of Barangay Datalblao in the said town recently.
“More or less 100 kids received toys that day,” Patrolwoman Mary Eileen Bautista, PCAD-PNCO of the SKPMFC, told DIYARYO MILENYO.
Patrolwoman Bautista said the giving of toys to the Datalblao kids is part of the “HANDOG PASASALAMAT SA BIRTHDAY KO” project of the SKPMFC.
Based on PNP Project Fact Sheet sent (via Facebook messenger) by SKPMFC to the DIYARYO MILENYO, it said that the project was “initiated by Colonel Romualdo, together with the member of the Technical Working Group (TWG), last March 7, 2019.”
“It was founded during the monthly TWG meeting with the presence of Mrs. Roanne Michelle T. Alberto, PAC chairman, and Jimmy Andang, vice chairman, wherein they discussed profoundly some of the activities of the unit that would create a better and harmonious relationship to the community,” Patrolwoman Bautista said citing the police fact sheet.
Patrolwoman Bautista said during their meeting, they came up with a project that is unique and would really bring the PNP closer to the remote communities and the communities closer to the PNP.
She added that it also “aims to change the perception of the people that SKPMFC is not only a combat operating unit but can do community services that aim to develop a community partnership and support towards crime prevention and crime solution.”
“The project will be conducted monthly with the help of the birthday celebrants. The celebrants will be involved in the planning in carrying out the project. Actually, it is a community immersion and charity program,” Patrolwoman Bautista stressed. (RAMIL H. BAJO/MINDANAO BUREAU/PHOTOS CREDIT TO PATROLWOMAN MARY EILEEN BAUTISTA, PCAD-PNCO-SKPMFC)