PNP launches anti-crime group at the barangay level
by Carlo P. Gonzaga
Calamba City (29 September) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Batangas City has launched recently the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT), utilizing the concept of active participation and cooperation in crime prevention at the barangay level.
PNP Batangas City Admin Officer, Police Chief Inspector Julieta Rigat said the PNP has been coordinating with barangay officials and the different sectors of the community where the members of the BPAT will be selected. These sectors: youth, women, transportation, farmers, laborers, peasants, including barangay tanods will be tapped as force multipliers.
The BPAT will have a community-based actions and information dissemination activities in support to the campaign against criminality, internal security operations, and disaster management and control program. In addition, the group can also involve in the protection of the environment and on-the-spot conflict resolution in the barangay.
The program is consists of three phases: (1) awareness, briefing would be members on the responsibilities and the role it will play in crime prevention; (2) organization, selection of qualified PBAT members; and (3) mobilization, moving members into action against criminality such as rallies, assemblies, and civic activites like rescue and relief operations, medical and dental outreach services. (PIA Calabarzon) [top]