PNP seeks to replicate MPD’s mobile library project
Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - December 3, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) wants to replicate the mobile library project launched by the Manila Police District (MPD) to counter the perceived influence of communist rebels on the youth.

PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde pushed for the implementation of the project in other regions.

“I think it’s one good practice of our police that is worthy of emulation,” Albayalde told reporters.

Among the target areas of the PNP are communities influenced by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels amid reports that insurgents have been recruiting children.

Albayalde said communist rebels have infiltrated some lumad communities in Mindanao.

“These dangerous activities should be addressed,” he said.

Albayalde sees the mobile library as a tool against the NPA.

He lauded the program, which provides homeless children access to free education.

“We want to replicate the mobile library project in Mindanao,” he said.

Launched by the MPD on Oct. 24, the mobile library helps street children and out-of-school youth in getting basic education.

A police vehicle of the District Mobile Force Battalion (DMFB) loaded with books and other reading materials donated by non-government organizations goes out every Wednesday and Friday.

The project’s proponent, DMFB commander Superintendent Rex Arvin Malimban, said they were inspired “after seeing children accosted for robbery and snatching.”

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