ABOUT 500,000 people have signed up to support the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) amid surging crime.
The DILG said 504,000 people volunteered for the program to help the police in curbing crime in their localities.
“Natutuwa ako na ang mga miyembro ng BPATs na binubuo ng mga volunteers na ngayon ay umaabot na sa 504,000 mula sa 38,254 na mga barangays ay nakikiisa sa DILG para sa kampanya laban sa kriminalidad [I’m glad that there are now 504,000 volunteers from 38,254 barangays who will help in the campaign against crime],” Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd said.
The secretary called on local officials, particularly village chieftains, mayors and governors, to support the government’s crime prevention program by reporting potential peace and order problems to the authorities.
Roxas explained that BPAT aims to organize and mobilize various sectors to act as force multipliers in the maintenance of peace and order and public safety. The program is under the supervision and control of the police community precincts.
The DILG chief directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) to step up its campaign against crime prevention by deploying more policemen to patrol the communities and work closely with the barangays.
The program has proven to be effective in curbing crime in barangays.