THE Philippine National Police in partnership with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Friday launched the “Bayaning Pulis Foundation, Inc.’ which will help provide elementary to college educational assistance to children and dependents of policemen who have died in the performance of their duties.
PNP chief, General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan described the project as another milestone of the PNP Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law or PNP P.A.T.R.O.L Plan 2030 specifically in taking care of orphaned families of police officers and men who have been killed in fighting armed and defiant drug traffickers, robbers, kidnappers and other insurgents and lawless elements. In many cases, orphaned children of policemen who have been killed in action were unable to continue their schooling due to lack of money.
“This is a high impact project as part of the realization of PNP P.A.T.R.O.L 2030, and this time, it aims to secure the welfare and benefit of dependents of PNP personnel who died or were permanently incapacitated in line of duty,” Cascolan said.
The PNP chief, joined by PNP Chief Directorial Staff, Major Gen. Joselito M. Vera Cruz, Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Manuel B. Felix also signed the articles of incorporation and by-laws of the foundation at 8 Meridian in Pasay City.
The Bayaning Pulis Foundation’s Board of Trustees has tapped retired Brigadier Gen. Noel A. Baraceros, a former Center for Police Strategy Management director and classmate of Gen. Cascolan from Philippine Military Academy ‘Sinagtala’ Class of 1986 to be the Foundation’s first president.
The foundation will also have lawyer Benedicta Du-Baladad as secretary and Gen. Cascolan, Sergio Ortiz-Luiz, Prudencio Gesta and Dr. Francis Chua as members.
Also present during the ceremony were representatives from the National Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development and different PNP advisory councils.
Cascolan expressed his gratitude and full support to the PCCI led by its chairman, Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico and its Board of Trustees for their untiring support to the police force.
“This noble program will benefit the children and dependents of our police officers who did the ultimate sacrifice for the country and Filipino people,” he said. Yujuico is also the Chairman of the Bayaning Pulis Foundation.
“I want to thank you for your assurance of assistance and help. The PNP is really here to serve the protect the community,” the PNP chief said.
Yujuico, also chairman of the Regional Advisory Council of the National Capital Region Police Office, conceptualized the project in collaboration with the NAGPTD chaired by Prudencio J Gesta and the PNP Center for Police Strategy Management headed by Brigadier Gen. Rhoderick Armamento.
“This foundation is a proof of the high trust, confidence and strong commitment of the NAGPTD and Advisory Councils (ACs), not only to the organization but to every individual police officer,” said Armamento.
“By providing educational support from elementary until they get college degree, the Foundation aims to provide the beneficiaries a better future and become more responsible and productive citizens,” Armamento added.
Yujuico said they are backing the PNP for its major role in keeping peace and order which is vital in doing business in the country. “Thank you for your service that you have been doing for our nation.
We in PCCI, have a continuing commitment to be part of the Bayaning Pulis Foundation. Rest assured we are going to be there for a better cooperation and collaboration between the PNP and the private sector. We are working very closely,” he added.
Through a virtual conference, family members and children of three slain hero PNP personnel also joined the event as first batch of beneficiaries of the Foundation.