In terms of special projects and initiatives, the Police Regional Office 12 never lags behind. Take for instance its recently concluded Film Festival. This became an avenue for the youth to showcase their talents and skills in making short films, and maximize their potentials and exposure to the community. More than these, the youth are properly guided to be good and law-abiding citizens and role models.
PRO 12 persists in taking the lead in keeping the vulnerable ones on the right track; serving as channels of hope to those who need support; and always being ready to provide aid to the ones who are lost and blinded by the harsh realities of life. The Film Fest was realized in partnership with the Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges Documentary Film Festival (RDFF).
Opened were two categories: The In-School Youth with five entries, to wit; Ang Pangarap ni Ronie Mampurok, SABAT, KALIMA, GANTI and Panata ng Makabayan; and the Out-of-School Youth with three entries; the Zone 3 Boys, Kalye Langit, and Pangandoy.
Highlighting the awards night was the Regional Director of PRO 12, PBGen Jimili L. Macaraeg; members of the Command Group and the Regional Advisory Group for Police Transformation and Development (RAGPTD) 12. The cast and crew members of the different film entries were also present to witness the Awards Night entitled Walk of Heart which was held at the Trade Hall, SM City General Santos City on March 24, 2023.
In a video message of Vice President, Sara Duterte delivered on-line, to wit: “I commend this creative endeavor to put the story telling power in the hands of in- and-out-of-school-youth, showcasing the role of film and inspiring new talents, as well as promoting the dialogue around peace and security in the region involving terror groups such as the new people’s army and violent extremists. Through these fresh and compelling films, we are given a new lens through which we can empathize with how our youth ae affected by the threat of recruitment and radicalization.
By doing so, we raise awareness among our vulnerable communities and encourage preventive actions. As we continue to strengthen national security, the youth are in an advantageous position to promote a culture of lawfulness and vigilance among their peers, and to counter violent extremism by harnessing their creativity, idealism, and patriotic contributions to our nation”.
Short films “Ka Lima” for In-School Youth Category, and Zone 3 Boys for the Out-of-School Youth Category were named best films and took home the most awards.
Here is the full list of winners: for IN-SCHOOL-YOUTH-CATEGORY Best Film – “Ka Lima” with the following awards: Best in Acting Ensemble, Best in Cinematography, Best Direction, Best Editing, Best in Sound Design, and Best Story. The SABAT was awarded Second-Best Film, while “Ang Pangarap ni Ronnie Mampurok” bagged the 3rd Best Film Award and bested all others in Poster Design and in the end, receiving the People’s Choice Awards.
In the OUT-OF-SCHOOL-YOUTH CATEGORY, the “Zone 3 Boys” bested all entries where it took home almost all the awards: the Best Film, Best in Acting Ensemble, Best in Cinematography, and Best Direction. “Kalye Langit” was acclaimed Second-Best Film, with “Pangandoy” as Third Best Film. Meanwhile, the “Kalye Langit” film, in the OUT-OF-SCHOOL-YOUTH-CATEGORY, took home the PBGen Jimili L. Macaraeg Award of Excellence.
The story of “Zone 3 Boys” centered on the virtue of change and redirection of aspirations for the benefit of the self, family, and community. The film expounded on the “Buhay Ingatan, Droga’y Ayawan” (BIDA) Program of ILG and PNP, an intensified and more holistic campaign against illegal drugs to reduce drug demand in the communities.
The film festival features films that underscore the NAPOLCOM’s Community and Service-Oriented Policing (CSOP), and includes the PNP’s Peace and Security Campaign Plan (Malasakit + Kaayusan + Kapayapaan = Kaunlaran); and PRO 12’s Service with a H.E.A.R.T. (Humility, Enthusiasm, Aspiration, Respect, Timely, and Appropriate Response); PRO12’s Regional Peace and Security Approach fostering the bond between the community and the police.
“Awards are the way to encourage good behavior and inculcate a competitive spirit. These brilliant youth exhibit qualities that will not only help them in achieving their goals, but also bring the glory of success to our nation”, the Regional Director expressed.
The Awards Night ended with the electrifying performances of the PRO 12 Dance Ensemble, PRO 12 Combo, and Dance and Fitness Team, the Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Colleges Singing Pop Idols, and Teatro Ambahanon.