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Remote community benefits from police outreach program in Eastern Samar

BORONGAN CITY (PIA) – Over a hundred children, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities (PWDs) from Barangay Jewaran in the town of Jipapad in Eastern Samar, benefitted from the recent community outreach program of the 1st Eastern Samar Provincial Mobile Force Company (ESPMFC) of the Philippine National Police.

The children were given snacks, slippers, and fed with hot arroz caldo meal, while the elderly and PWDs received food packs. 

Police personnel also brought used clothes for the residents who were affected by the recent flooding caused by heavy rains.

Lt. Col. Joy Leanza, 1st Eastern Samar Police Mobile Force commander, handed over a food package to one of the senior citizens who attended the outreach program. (Photo courtesy of ESPMF)

The community outreach program, labelled the 'Palugaw ng Pulis' (PNP), was initiated by Eastern Samar Police Provincial Director Jose Manuel Payos.

Policemen traversed muddy roads to reach the barangay, which is one of the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) in Jipapad. The community is accessible only by foot.

Lt. Col. Joy Leanza, the mobile force commander, urged the youth in Jewaran to finish their studies and educate their children in the future. He emphasized that education is the only wealth that cannot be stolen and will eventually lead them to a better future.

Children and adults alike, unmindful of the heavy rains, eagerly waited with excitement and anticipation for the freebies they were about to receive during a police-organized outreach program in Brgy. Jewaran, Eastern Samar. (Photo courtesy of ESPMFC)

"The purpose of our activity is to reach and provide aid to the GIDAs. Rain or shine, we will continue to offer our services and give our love and friendship to the Estehanons,” Leanza said.

In his message, Punong Barangay Pio Orga of Jewaran expressed gratitude towards the personnel of the 1st ESPMFC for their visit and assistance provided to his constituents.

"The spirit of unity, heroism, and concern for the community is exhibited in these activities, which have become a bridge to address the needs of residents affordably. This is also a step to bring the populace closer to the police and break the insurgency facing the country," concluded Leanza.

A barangay ‘pulong-pulong’ (assembly) was also conducted in Jewaran on January 18, where police personnel discussed Republic Act No. 11313, or the Safe Spaces Act, Executive Order No. 70, or the whole-of-nation approach to end local communist armed conflict, the enhanced comprehensive local integration program (E-CLIP), anti-insurgency, and other anti-criminality campaigns. (AAC/VTG/PIA Eastern Samar)

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