KIANGAN, Ifugao, Nov. 19 (PIA) -- The Municipal Police Station (MPS) here in partnership with the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) and the municipal government launched this week their enhanced best practice called PAGANGO.
PAGANGO stands for Police Action Giving Attention to the Negative Growth of Out-of school-youths (OSYs) which was conceptualized in 2014 to address the growing problem of children in conflict with the law (CICL) in the municipality under the Police Governance System (PGS) towards the achievement of PNP PATROL PLAN 2030
The implementation of the PAGANGO which applies interventions that divert the bad habits and attitudes of CICL toward positive won for the town and the MPS a Silver Eagle Award in the Cordillera Region in 2016. It was recommended that its coverage be expanded not only for OSYs but also to in-school-youths (ISYs) who are CICL.
Hence, the enhanced PAGANGO was launched on Nov. 14 to now include the ISYs as the MPS moves to the third stage of the PGS - the Proficiency Stage. One criteria of the Proficiency Stage is the sustainability of the implementation of a best practice.
The first batch of 20 CICL would undergo 5-day schedule of activities of intervention for the first week of PAGANGO Class 2017-01 from 14-18 November 2017 that will include spiritual enrichment, music lessons, sports activities and livelihood skills training. Each mentor or focal point person that supervises the different activities and classes shall prepare evaluation for the PAGANGO students.
They took their oath before MPS Head Chief Inspector Roy T. Awisan pledging that they will commit themselves to attend the PAGANGO class regularly, participate in all the activities set forth in the program of the MPS and do their best to transform themselves into better persons so that after they graduate in the program, they will set themselves as good examples to their families, relatives, friends and to the community as a whole.
Mayor Joselito Guyguyon told the CICL that it is not yet late for them to reform and that the municipal government is not only concerned with the maintenance of peace and order but strongly supports programs for the development of the youth to change for the better because he sees them to be very vital partners for community progress and nation-buliding.
On the other hand, MAC Chairman Raldis Bulayungan advised the CICL that God is the greatest inspiration of all and that while there is life there is hope so the children must grab this opportunity offered by PAGANGO to change themselves and become useful members of society.
The launching was also an opportunity for the MPS show their appreciation to the municipal LGU and the MAC by awarding them plaques of recognition. By: Daniel B. Codamon(JDP/DBC- PIA CAR, Ifugao)