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Dumaguete City, Philippines Monday, January 25, 2016
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Cops reach out to schools

Senior Supt. Harris Fama, officer-in-charge of the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, has started visiting schools in the province, under his “Operation Bisita Eskwela” campaign.

The campaign was started by Fama when he was the OIC provincial commander in Camarines Norte, and he said he found it effective to strengthen relations with the community, so he brought it to Negros Oriental.

Fama and personnel from the police headquarters visited the elementary school in Boloc-boloc, Sibulan Wednesday, and with the permission of principal Macrina Villaluz, he and his personnel joined the more than 1,022 pupils in singing the national anthem, and in reciting the “Panatang Makabayan” at “Panunumpa sa Watawat”.

Fama told the parents, teachers, students and the community that the police are protectors and they should not be afraid of them, and that they're doing this to show their concern for the children and value the stakeholders in the community.

After the flag-raising ceremony, Fama and the other police officers also joined the children in exercising.

He directed all police stations in the province to visit elementary schools in their areas of jurisdiction and implement the concept twice a week, before they next visit the high schools.

“Oplan Bisita Eskwela” means giving importance to the plight of children, the teachers and the parents, and a venue where concerns like bullying inside the school and illegal drugs, among others, can be addressed.

The campaign was also conducted at the Dauin Central Elementary School, with Senior Insp. Edwin Tuble, the town's police chief, and it was attended by 918 pupils and 30 teaching staff, led by principal Sharmaine Burgos Jainar.

It was also held in Tayasan Central Elementary School, with principal Emelyn Bolongaita and the chief of police, Insp. Sanfred Germudo and his men, in attendance.*JG


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