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Love for coffee gives this police chief an ingenious idea

CEBU CITY, Philippines –Police Major Philip John Libres, chief of the Station 5 of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO), turns to coffee whenever he feels stressed.

This is the reason why he came up with an idea that, he thought, would be able to help their clients, especially those handled by the Women and Children’s Protection Desk.

Libres decided to put up a coffee shop in the station in Barangay Opao to help ease trauma among victims. It’s called the Kapihan sa Singko.

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Kapihan sa Singko | Photo courtesy of MCPO Station 5

He thought of the idea because of his love for coffee.

“Ako personally, og ma stress ko, mu suroy man ko og coffee shop,” Libres said. “Pila ka hours ta ga standby ngadto. Inig uli nato, relax na.”

(Me personally, if I feel stressed, I go to a coffee shop. I will stay for hours there. When I get home, I’m relaxed.)

He said he wants to have a place wherein the people with the most traumatic experiences could freely disclose themselves with no hesitations and judgment.

“Mao sad na ako concept ba nga kining atoang client, nga naka experience of mga traumatic [situations], pag abot coffee lang usa. Usual lang nga estorya before ta mu tackle sa ilang problema. Mao nga ato nga gi try,” he added.

(That’s my concept, that our clients, who experienced traumatic situations, when they arrive the station, coffee first. Let’s do the usual talk before we tackle the problem. That’s what we’re trying.)

Libres said he noticed that some of their clients, particularly those women and children who were abused, are hesitant to open up with their personnel. From the usual pink room, Libres said that he thought of changing the environment from a station-based four-cornered room to a coffee shop.

As per their initial observation, some clients who have tried this new approach told him that it really helped them open up with less to no reservations.

“Naay uban hesitant, mahadlok labi na nga first time nila nga muanhi og police station. Nakahunahuna ko’g unsay nindot nga approach nga ang mga client nato, kining nga mureklamo sa station, nga at least ma at ease sila ba,” Libres said.

(Some our hesitant, they are scared especially if it is their first time to be in a police station. So I was thinking of a nice approach wherein our clients, those who file complaints in the station, will at least feel at ease.)

Libres revealed that others behind this idea are also various stakeholders who shared their resources also for the love of coffee and the idea itself. He also said his personnel  helped in the construction of the coffee shop.

Here are some of the photos taken during the construction of MCPO Station 5’s mini coffee shop.

Photo courtesy of MCPO-Station 5

Photo courtesy of MCPO- Station 5


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