Thursday, December 17, 2009

350 Filipino Grade School Children Named 'Junior Heroes'

Police names some 350 grade school children are named "junior heroes" in Iligan City in Mindanao.

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / December 17, 2009) – Some 350 grade school children were named as “junior heroes” after finishing Thursday a series of lecture by the Philippine police on crime prevention in Iligan City in Mindanao.

The students, all from 5th and 6th grade levels, at Villa Verde Elementary School and Pugaan Elementary School took their oath "junior heroes."

"Our intention is to uplift the literacy rate of pupils under its locality on crime prevention, thus, we have this school-based program for them to get involve," said Chief Inspector Ramil Lluisma, a local station commander.

"As junior heroes, the pupils will be our partners in the call for peace," he said.

Police held lectures in schools for the children to be aware of how to prevent crimes and become more responsible citizens.

Lluisma said they also distributed coloring and Christmas books, including crayons and wrist band with markings "Junior Heroes."

The coloring book was entitled: “Mundong Walang IED,” which literally means "A World without Improvised Explosive Device," which is aimed at making children learn to understand the message which calls for them to be aware of the danger posed by homemade explosives and in return can inform authorities about suspicious devices or packages in public places. (Merlyn Manos)

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