MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) on Friday launched a foundation aimed at providing educational assistance and other benefits to children and other dependents of police officers who died or have been permanently incapacitated in the line of duty.
“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 permanently incapacitated in line of duty,” PNP chief Gen. Camilo Cascolan said during the launch of the ‘Bayaning Pulis Foundation, Inc.’ in Pasay City.
Cascolan said it aims to honor the sacrifice and gallantry bestowed by the police officers in order to protect the others by providing their children and other dependents a better life ahead through educational assistance, from kinder to college and other necessary benefits.
Cascolan thanked PCCI led by its chairman, Ambassador Benedicto Yujuico and its Board of Trustees for this endeavor.
“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,” Cascolan said.
Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said it is the society’s “shared responsibility” to look after the welfare of the children of the fallen “heroes”.
Through a virtual conference, family members and children of three slain police personnel also joined in the event as the first batch of beneficiaries of the Foundation.
Among the early beneficiaries are the children of Maj. Joan Resurreccion, the former chief of police of Carmen town in North Cotabato; Senior M/Sgt. Jason Janog Magno, from the Initao Municipal Police Station in Misamis Oriental; and S/Sgt. Alexis Borillo Mangaldan who fought during the Marawi siege.
Resurreccion was killed after responding to a murder case in his area of responsibility on Aug.25, 2020. He is survived by wife Jenna Aggabao who is also a police officer and his two children. He was awarded the Medalya ng Kadakilaan.
Magno, a Medal of Valor awardee was killed on Nov. 29, 2019 when he used his body to cover an exploding grenade that was thrown by a male suspect in the Initao College.
Mangaldan who has three children was among the SAF troopers deployed in Marawi during the five-month long armed conflict against the militants affiliated with ISIS in 2017.
He provided cover from fire to other troops who were extracting wounded personnel on July 22, 2017. He was hit by bullets at the upper left portion of his head which resulted in his death.
The provision of scholarship is subject to the approval of the scholarship committee while applicants who have existing scholarship grants from other organizations can still apply for other assistance from the foundation.
Aside from Yujuico, who is also the Chairman of Regional Advisory Council of National Capital Region Police Office, the project is also launched thru the collaboration with National Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development (NAGPTD) chaired by Mr. Prudencio J Gesta and PNP Center for Police Strategy Management.
Center for Police Strategy Management (CPSM) Director, Brig. Gen. Rhoderick Armamento said the 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.”
“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.
Meanwhile, Yujuico thanked the PNP for cooperation and collaboration. “Thank you for your service that you have been doing for our nation,” he said.
“We, in PCCI, have continuing commitment to be part of the Bayaning Pulis Foundation. Rest assured we are going to be there for a better cooperation and collaboration of the PNP and private sector. We are working very closely,” he added.
Bayaning Pulis Foundation’s Board of Trustees has tapped former PNP official, retired Brig. Gen. Noel Barreceros as the first president of the foundation, lawyer Benedicta Du-Baladad as the Secretary and Cascolan, Mr. Sergio Ortiz-Luiz, Mr. Prudencio Gesta, and Dr. Francis Chua as members.
The PNP and PCCI also signed the articles of incorporation and by-laws of the foundation.
The ceremony was witnessed by DILG Assistant Secretary Manuel Felix, PNP chief of the directorial staff Maj. Gen. Joselito Vera Cruz, and other stakeholders from NAGPTD and Advisory Councils. (PNA)