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PIA Press Release
2010/11/11

PNP trains new barangay peacekeepers, force multipliers

Tacloban City (November 11) -- A three-day training for about 40 new members of the Barangay Peacekeeping-Action team started on November 9 and will continue until November 1, the PNP Regional Office 8 reported.

Said training is currently being conducted by the members of the Directorate Police Community Relations and Police Community Relations Group, Camp Crame headed by Police Superintendent Teroy B. Taguinod, at the PRO8 Chapel at Camp Ruperto Kangleon, Palo, Leyte.

According to Police Superintendent Taguinod, this is the fourth Police Regional Office in which the PNP-DPCR conducted training to the Brgy Tanods and is pushing for the full institutionalization of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team.

Meantime, PSSUPT Manuel Enage Cubillo, Chief, Regional Police Community Relations Division said that the participating members came from six provinces in Eastern Visayas. Said training covers a series of lectures, discussions, and practical exercises regarding their role as "force multipliers" such as unarmed patrolling, self-defense, traffic management, disaster relief and rescue operations. Said program also refines the role and character of barangay tanods.

These BPAT members will continue and re-echo the concepts of BPATs by extending it to other barangays in their respective area of responsibilities.

The BPAT was organized to assist lawmen and the barangay tanod in maintaining peace and order by reporting crimes and providing information for the solution of crimes. Further, he said that BPAT members are the "main operators in peacekeeping at the barangay level", the new force multiplier of the PNP.

Moreover, BPAT members are expected to provide information on crimes being committed to enable the police to respond effectively and quickly. (PIA 8) [top]

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