Cops to teach values to school kids
Policemen who have an education degree will be assigned by the Police Regional Office 6 to teach children “with subjects focusing on values that will equip them to become upright, law-abiding, productive and responsible citizens in the future.”
A Philippine News Agency report said the initiative is part of the six-month “Pulis Ko, Teacher Ko” program that will be launched in Western Visayas in late August or September.
Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao Jr., police regional director, said a program of instruction was created by the policemen themselves with the support from the Department of Education.
“We will provide school materials through the help of sponsors. We are getting civic-minded citizens and organizations to support us here,” he said.
A pilot school will be selected per province and the subject matter will be taught to elementary pupils starting from fourth grade.
Pagdilao said the initiative aims to see a shift from how children usually perceive policemen, with respect instead of fear.
“Teachers are treated as heroes by children so when they see their policemen teaching them values in a classroom setting, they associate these police to teachers,” he said.
A poetry-reading program showing policemen as the children’s friends will soon be launched by the Philippine National Police nationwide and integrated in the “Pulis Ko, Teacher Ko” initiative.
The poetry-reading will be used as a technique to correct children’s negative perception of policemen.*