THE education department will implement a crime prevention program for Grade 4 pupils in public elementary schools in the towns and cities of Western Visayas.

The program, in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be implemented in 133 municipalities in the region and in the cities of Bacolod and Iloilo.

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Western Visayas Police Director Samuel Pagdilao and Department of Education (DepEd) Regional Director Mildred Garay recently forged a partnership that aims to bring in the region the PNP’s “Pulis Ko Titser Ko” program by formulating a Grade 4 curriculum and the teaching methodology to be used in its implementation.

Pulis Ko Titser Ko program is a strategic school-based crime awareness project of PNP and DepEd in the region wherein policemen from different police units of the Police Regional Office (PRO) in Western Visayas who were former teachers or graduates of education courses will conduct 20 to 30 minutes lectures to Grade 4 pupils at selected public elementary schools on subjects about crime prevention awareness, child safety, welfare and development, lectures on patriotism, nationalism, and other subjects.

The program, to be implemented on the first week of September, aims to enhance the moral foundation of young students and strengthen their resistance to crime so that they will become productive, responsible and law abiding citizens in the future.

The PNP, in cooperation with the DepEd in the region, will select one public elementary school in every municipality that will become the beneficiary of the program. (Lydia C. Pendon)