NATIONAL Parks Development Committee (NPDC) Executive Director Penelope Belmonte yesterday commended the members of the Manila Police District (MPD), led by its director Chief Supt. Rolando Anduyan, for allotting their free time on teaching and taking care of the streetchildren being cared for at the NPDC’s ‘We Care Day Care Center.’
Belmonte said the policemen, the bulk of which are from the MPD-Station 5 and the MPD Headquarters on United Nations Avenue, have agreed among themselves to raise money so they could provide them with basic needs by means of contributions from their salaries.
“These policemen are highly commendable. They said that the money they spend on cigarettes for instance, will now go to a common fund for the streetkids of the WCDC,” Belmonte enthused.
It was learned that even the NPDC officials and employees, led by Belmonte herself, pool their own personal funds to supply the needs of the children being taken care of at the WCDC.
According to Belmonte, the joint effort of the NPDC and the MPD in taking care of the said streetchildren was actively participated in by the police led by Anduyan himself who bared, during his speech, that he too was once a streetchild so that he fully understands the needs of the said kids and strongly feel for them.
Belmonte said the cops have volunteered to teach the children, aged between five and seven, during their free time on various kinds of subjects under a program which was dubbed, ‘Ang Guro Kong Pulis.’
“Binibigyan po ng prayoridad at halaga ng inyong lingkod ang edukasyon para sa kabataan kaya sisiguraduhin po namin na ang araw ng pagtuturo ng ating mga pulis ay magiging makabuluhan at ‘enjoyable’ sa lahat ng mga bata sa ating ‘We Care Day Care Center’ dito sa NPDC,’” she said. The police teach the kids about good manners and right conduct and basic reading, among others.
Belmonte said the said center had been set up to take care of streetchildren who have either been abandoned, are runaways or are living in poverty and practically live in the streets with no food or shelter. The said children were gathered from the immediate vicinity of the NPDC and its areas of jurisdiction, particularly the Luneta Park and Quirino Grandstand.