BARLIG, Mt. Province – Thirty six (36) Kadaclan National High School (KNHS) students were trained last Sept. 27-28, 2019, at Sayococna Woodlands, a thicket suited as training ground situated at Banao, Natonin on “Basic Life Support”. This beautiful mini-jungle is becoming a tourist attraction amenities like water, small fish ponds, wide area pitching tents, comfort latrines and creek baths crowded by domestic and wild bananas are present.
Aimed at instilling discipline, camaraderie, leadership behavior transformation the group dealth on survival, rescue techniques, alertness, First-Aid and Calamity Awareness.
According to Brenda Fiangrayan, a teacher class adviser – the Junior Police concept began few years back at Kadaclan to curve-out juvenile delinquencies among students until it became a dual-coordinated efforts with Barlig Police Station.
“The idea just sprout out in my mind as guidance counselor to organize a patterned students’ police structure to assist in maintaining good manners and right conduct for the school populace,” Fiangrayan said.
In an interview with PNP Lalaine Almeda, she recounted that a scout jamboree was held at Chatol, a compound of Eastern Bontoc National Vocation and Agricultural High School (EBNAVHS) where a gang of boys were unruly but by applying the concept of students’ Junior Police internal rules made them good boys. PNP ALMEDA remark. “when we tried to apply a series of psychological strategies modeled to that of police system the positive impact was tremendous that challenges the Barlig Police Station to move-on sharing assistance to students.”
Panels of Barlig PNP trainers were: Santiago Dayag, Lalaine Almeda, Roger Anaban, Mharcloyd Culpita, Nicodemus Estino and Khatzumi Cofin.
Support staff came from Disaster Mgt. Office, Emergency Rescue Team, Bureau of Fire, Rural Health Unit composed of: Eric Chan, Alexander Cotaran, Abner Ayoga, Jecony Machuli, Basilio Apil, Rebo Bagano, Sheena Nais-od, Elington Jules Campana, Aeya Jane Cofine, Dolor Mad-eo, and Jim Kinomon.
Jose Agagon, Natonin Municipal Mayor delegated Municipal Councilor Spassky Manayos to deliver his message. “Mayor Agagon,” Councilor Manayos attested, “is ever-willing to come in this important training being a Retired Police Officer himself but was hampered by hectic schedules of visitors, clearing national road on obstruction, like building encroachment and illegal parking lots.”
Banao Punong Barangay Francisco Manarop was delighted that his village has been the site of the training when reciprocated: “It will encourage students to join this Junior Police Organization for love of Country and fellowmen. I wish other school in Natonin shall adopt this tangible example to organize their students for more training in the future.”
On Sept. 29- the departure after lunch, the trainees although in tears joy enjoyed picture- taking forgetting the physical endurance, sleepless nights and tiring 2 days since the training was worthwhile and fulfilling.
An observer affirmed its success by saying, “One thing is sure, that for all that has been and all that be the training among the youths will truly be remembered – forever.”
By Dionie Chungalan