DEFINITELY, they are not just your usual cops.
Behind that iron hand keeping peace and order, Bohol cops also have that malleable heart that melts for our kids who would otherwise go to school barefoot.
While celebrating Police Community Relations (PCR) Month in July, officers and men of the Bohol Police Provincial Office led by Provincial Director Rodolfo A. Llorca went a bit further to hand out slippers and school supplies to young kids in rural areas.
According to PCR officer PCinspector John Gano, Camp Dagohoy has been collecting at least a pair of slippers and school supplies from more than a thousand integral men in the force to advance police relations.
The slippers go to young kids whom, police officers and men believe would be motivated to go to school if given the comfort of school supplies and slip-ons.
The activity is the BPPO’s second in a series, the first was in San Miguel town, relates PCInsp. Gano during the recent Talakayan sa Isyung Pulis (TSIP).
In San Isidro last week, Mayor Jacinto Naraga warmly welcomed the police troops led by PSSupt. Llorca during a slipper and school supply distribution ceremony to elementary school pupils of Barangay Cambansag, Cansague Norte and Abehilan at the Cambansag Primary School grounds, says San Isidro Municipal Information Officer Eric Jinne Flor.
“It’s a heart-warming scene, children and even young mother try on the new slippers, elation warmly painted in their faces,” a police-woman shares her experience during a distribution ceremony last July 16.
“How would a stonehearted cop feel when a kid tells him she will not wear the slippers yet, so it wont be dirtied, as she shows a badly dilapidated pair of worn out slippers she is wearing?” she asks.
The activity is also in support of the Oplan Balik Eskwela 2010, a program of the Department of Education and is widely supported by the Bohol Provincial Police Office (BPPO) and in partnership with the municipal government.
To expand police relations, PD Llorca even asked his wife to go with them on the ceremony in San Isidro, some 40 kilometers from Tagbilaran. (PIA-Bohol)