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PIA Press Release
2009/02/10

Davao Norte PPO takes child feeding

by JMD Abangan

Tagum City (10 February) -- Police authorities are taking a different stroke in getting public cooperation to solve crimes. They are feeding children.

Davao del Norte Provincial Police Office (DN PPO) yesterday embarked on a second round of its Pagkaon Para sa Katawhan sa Davao del Norte at the Provincial Government Center in Mankilam, Tagum City.

Superintendent Jessie Estrada, chief of DN PPO Investigation and Detection Management Section, with Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo P. del Rosario yesterday led the ceremonial feeding of children during the regular People's Day.

In an interview, Estrada explained that the feeding project of DN PPO "is a way of getting people's sympathy" in solving crimes and of delivering the message to the public that the police "is just behind their backs".

DN PPO made its first feeding drive at Barangay Cagangohan in Panabo City Sunday.

"We are targeting far-flung places," he said. "But we would go to where we are requested," he added.

Targeted to serve about 200 to 300 kids a day, the feeding activity of the police gets the support of the private and the business sector aside from the usual government links, Estrada said.

Meanwhile, Estrada volunteered the police workforce to do community work especially with regard to building of day care centers.

Estrada was first looking at using the police manpower to construct a daycare center in Barangay Gupitan where he saw the need of such kind of facility for early education of children.

"We can do it in a bayanihan way," he said. (PIA) [top]

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