By: *Rev. Cristeto Vidad Jr.
KASIMBAYANAN stands for KApulisan, SIMBAhan at pamaYANAN, a PNP program focusing on Spiritual Enhancements and Ethical Development. It also aims to reach the other sectors of society to preserve harmony and disinfect society from sin.
The PNP leadership believes in the importance of coming up with preventive strategies to keep in check our armed forces from committing illegal and criminal activities. From this, they developed mechanisms to strengthen and facilitate the spiritual journey of their elements. An instrument that focusing on “strengthening and enhancing values on self-esteem, fulfillment, preservation, harmony, satisfaction, legacy, ambition, excellence, empowerment, attributes, trinity and relationship that aim to become spiritual armor” that can benefit the whole police force, their family and the community. (Maj. Gen. Ma-o Aplasca) The PNP said, remember we can’t walk alone…, we can’t do everything without the help of the church and community. Pray for us that God will continue to shape our elements to become spiritual armor. Pray for our faithful armor – preserving their calling as Officers of Integrity.
On September 7, 2020, the Ilocos Sur Police Provincial Office (ISPPO) and the Candon City Police Station conducted an orientation for the KASIMBAYANAN Program at Calaoa-an Covered Court, Barangay Calaoa-an, Candon City, Ilocos Sur, and it was attended by the Religious Leaders/Association, Chief Tanod, 1st Councilors, Punong Barangays of Candon City and PNP Personnel. Below is the list of guest from ISPPO and CPS:
PLTCOL Maximo A. Taclas
PMAJ Andrew P. Rabang
PMAJ Napoleon Gao-ay
PLTCOL Randy R. Arellano
PCpl Arlene G. Calibuso (Emcee)
Right after the orientation, Bishop Pedro M. Torio, Jr. calls the attention of the UMC delegates to stay to answer the question, “What happens after the orientation?” The body agreed to conduct the KASIMBAYANAN orientation for TUMC IND and ISD Cluster Leaders.
After the recently concluded KASIMBAYANAN Orientation last September 7, IND and ISD District Superintendents organized a local orientation for the Cluster Leaders to cascade and promote the program. On September 14, 2020, the dream of the Bishop and the group who attended the general orientation was realized at Candon United Methodist Church together with PCMS Jovelyn Antalan, PSSg Angelito Antalan (from CPS), the Bless Our Cops and Soldiers (BOCS) representatives, Candon Servants Association (CSA), and some IND and ISD Church Workers within the City of Candon.
Rev. Marivic Yarcia led the opening prayer, followed by Rev. Caroline C. Quiyan (the Administrative Pastor), Rev. Cristeto A. Vidad, Jr. (DS Ilocos North District), Rev. Joel Q. Bengbeng (DS Ilocos South District), and Rev. Dr. Pedro M. Torio, Jr. (Resident Bishop of Baguio Episcopal Area) for the Welcome Remarks.
PSSg Angelito Antalan (Candon PS representative) shared the vision, mission, and goals of the KASIMBAYANAN, followed by the Bless Our Cops and Soldiers representative who presented the BOCS history, vision, and structure and their partnership with the PNP for the KASIMBAYANAN program. After the BOCS, the Candon Servants Association took the floor for the orientation on how to conduct the KASIMBAYANAN program in the PNP Stations, Barangays, SK’s and other groups/sectors through Squading, SWIM, and My Brother’s Keeper.
The orientation was attended by 37 active participants.
To God be the Glory!
Photo Credit: DS Joel Bengbeng and DS Cristeto Vidad Jr.