PRO1 trains 46 barangay peacekeepers

SAN FERNANDO CITY – Forty-six members of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) have completed their 5-day training under the supervision of Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) last January 24.

The BPAT training was part of the institutionalization of the Barangay Peacekeeping Operations (BPKO) pursuant to the PNP’s Letter of Instructions (LOI) “Bayanihan,” a comprehensive anti-crime strategy that seeks to empower all stakeholders to share in the responsibility of peacekeeping and order maintenance towards self-policing.

PRO1 started the implementation of LOI “Bayanihan” in May 2009, and has since continuously held BPAT trainings all over Region 1, spearheaded by the Regional Police Community Relations Division (RPCRD).

At the start of the training, Senior Superintendent Mansue N. Lukban, PRO1 deputy director for operations, who represented PRO1 head Chief Superintendent Franklin JB Bucayu, complemented the participants “for heeding the call for a more active involvement in maintaining peace and order in our community.”

“We recognize that you can capably assist us in preventing the spread of criminality and other forms of lawlessness in our areas of responsibility, and in providing public safety services to the community,” SSupt Lukban pointed out.

“Kami ay lubos na  nagagalak sa malugod ninyong pagtanggap na maging kabalikat namin sa pagsugpo ng kriminalidad at pagpapanatili ng kaayusan sa ating lugar.  As we often emphasize, the success of these undertakings depends on the cooperation of all stakeholders,” he added.

Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent Reynante G. Partible, head of the RPCRD, said that the subjects in the BPAT training included basic investigative procedures, report writing, human rights, traffic management, basic intelligence, disaster relief and rescue operations, and other related topics.

“The trainees were given lectures and underwent practical exercises on police intervention techniques and firearms handling,” Partible said.#