Manianita stunt still not being spread out

The best practice being done by Tagbilaran on monitoring the progress of drug surrenderees is still not being practiced in other towns in the province.

Supt. George Vale of the community relations chief at Camp Dagohoy said he has yet to hear other towns adopting the best practice being done by the Tagbilaran police office.

Vale said he is encouraging other offices to emulate the example of Tagbilaran in terms of monitoring the drug surrenderees in their area.

The Manianita Ko, Pagbabago Mo is a best practice started by Tagbilaran police station as a way to greet the surrenderees on their birthday.

Manianita is a custom among Visayans to serenade a birthday celebrator on the few hours of the start of the day.

In this case, though, the serenade happens at regular hours–but the idea is the same.

The serenade allows the police to put tabs on the drug surrenderees at the same time build trust and confidence among the police and the community.

It is, in a way, a confidence-building effort between the police and the community, especially during a time when there is plenty of animosity between the police and some sectors.

While no other towns have yet to pick up the idea, Vale said he is encouraging the police stations in towns to take a look at the best practice whether they can implement it in their areas of operation.

The Manianita program has attracted the attention of people due to its uniqueness and touch of care, which has shown a soft side of the police to people who used to use drugs and are trying to live a new lease on life.

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