HINGYON, Ifugao – Guided with the motto “to serve and protect”, the Hingyon Municipal Police Station (HMPS) has conceptualized an innovative way of dealing with youth offenders in the municipality.
Dubbed as “Batang Lihis, Ituwid”, this aims to safeguard the youth from being exploited and to identify, monitor, advice and motivate school and out-of-school children to be more productive and law abiding citizens. It helps the different schools in addressing disciplinary problems and builds stronger relationship with the different children with hyper problems.
Senior Inspector Peter Cawitan, HMPS Officer-In-Charge, explained that they have observed in the past years the gradual increase of children in conflict with the law (CICL) in the municipality that became problems of parents and the community.
“They were being exploited to act on things that in their innocence they violated certain laws. A lot of children bullied their own schoolmates that often time caused drop-outs from school and fighting incidents,” Cawitan stated.
“Batang Lihis, Ituwid” involves Hingyon police personnel continuously coordinating with the municipal social welfare and development office, schools, parents concerned and barangay officials for the identification of misbehaving children to be advised.
Weekly house and school visitations and dialogues with school and MSWDO personnel, parents, barangay officials will be conducted including lectures and other related activities for the benefits of all clients./JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao