STO. NIÑO, Cagayan, – The Cagayan Police Provincial Office (CPPO), in partnership with Sierra Falcones and the Rotaract Club of Tuguegarao Citadel, turned over books, clothes and cash assistance to the school officials of Lipatan Integrated School yesterday, Feb. 22.

The Lipatan Integrated School is located at barangay Lipatan in this town, an insurgency-influenced area identified by the Philippine National Police (PNP) according to Police Colonel Ariel N. Quilang, CPPO provincial director.

Quilang shared during the activity the humble beginnings of the Akyat Aklatan,  an outreach activity giving books and other assistance to students especially IP school children in the towns identified as NPA infested areas.

“Huwag niyo po sanang kalilimutan na nandito ang gobyerno na tumutulong sa inyo. Huwag na nating suportahan ang makakaliwang grupo. Binigay na ng gobyerno lahat-lahat ng tulong,” Quilang said.

The director urged everyone especially the student-beneficiaries to embrace the importance of education and to get involve in different productive activities that will benefit their community.

“Meron na tayong free education from elementary to college kaya wala ng dahilan para hindi na kayo mag-aral nang maayos at mabuti,” Quilang added.

He added that the vision towards ending insurgency in their community lies not only in the hands of the PNP and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) but a convergence effort among the school, the community leaders and the youth.

For his part, Sto. Nino Police Station chief Police Captain Ranolfo S. Gabatin said he’s grateful to the leadeship of Quilang for choosing barangay Lipatan as one of the school-beneficiaries of Akyat Aklatan.

The Akyat-Akltan earned the grand prize winner in the recently concluded 2nd Balangay Awards.

“Ang programang ito ay alam nating makakatulong na buksan ang kanilang kaisipan [mga residente] upang makita nila na may gobyernong gumagabay at tumutulong sa kanila,” Gabatin added.

Andres Sansano, barangay captain, on the other hand, lauded the efforts of the PNP for tapping them to be their force multipliers to inform the public that there is always a governemnt ready to cling on.

“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa kapulisan at sa gobyerno sa tulong nila. Hindi ko po alam na may ganitong programa kaya nagpapasalamat po talaga kami,” Sansano said.

The barangay captain hopes that there would be more programs and activities that the PNP and the local government would be implementing to benefit them especially their barangay considered as one the far-flung areas in the province.

As of now, Sansano said they have already passed resolution declaring the CPP-NPA-NDF as ‘persona non grata’ in support to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Executive Order No 70 or the creation of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC). 

The next Akyat-Akltan will be in Pamplona, Cagayan and the PNP, together with the Rotaract Club of Tuguegarao Citadel and Sierra Falcones will also launch the Project PAGPAG: PAGasa sa PAGbasa, a supplemental activity of Akyat-Akltan.

The activity was also supported by the local government unit of Sto. Niño, Philippine Information Agency Regional Office No. 2, Bombo Radyo Tuguegarao and The Northern Forum.