By: Flor Jackson
NAVAL, Biliran – A training on Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) was conducted recently by the Philippine National Police (PNP), Biliran Provincial Office through Police Senior Superintendent Alfredo Sabornido, PNP-Biliran Provincial Director to some 60 participants from the 13 barangays of the municipality of Almeria, one of the eight municipalities of the province of Biliran.
This was revealed by Police Superintendent Angel Bacatano, Chief of the Police Community Relations (PCR) Section of PNP-Biliran and focal person of the activity in a report sent to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – Biliran Provincial Information Center.
According to PSupt. Bacatano, the activity which was held at the conference hall of the municipal building of Almeria, was part of the PNP celebration of the 16th PCR month in July this year.
He said, the two-day BPAT training aimed to foster closer working relationship and partnership between the police and the community in peacekeeping and crime prevention.
Likewise, the training aimed to enhance the skills and capabilities of the BPAT members in various areas of peacekeeping especially in the barangays where they live.
Among the topics included in the series of lectures during the training were the concept of BPAT, first aid, disaster preparedness, human rights, values formation, crime and disaster response, conduct of checkpoints, traffic control and direction, information gathering, citizens arrest and arrest techniques; gender and development (GAD); duties, responsibilities and traits of BPAT and barangay restorative justice system.
The resource persons came from the religious group, highway patrol group, municipal disaster risk reduction and management council (MDRRMC), local government unit (LGU) of Almeria and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) Provincial Office.
For his part, PSSupt. Alfredo Sabornido point out that peace and order and public safety are assured if there is an active involvement and participation of people in the community saying that this can be met through responsive peacekeeping concept of the Barangay Peacekeeping Operation” which empowers the stakeholders to share their responsibility of maintaining peace and order in the community.
The BPAT training was attended by the PNP BAT supervisors of the Almeria Polcie Station, barangay chairmen of the 13 barangays of the municipality, chairmen of the Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC) and 13 chief tanods.
Also in attendance were Almeria Mayor Dominador Agajan; Atty. Lolita Casas-Nueve, NAPOLCOM Provincial Director of Biliran and Aladin Opeña, Municipal Local Government Operations Officer (MLGOO) of Almeria who motivated in his lecture on the commitment of the BPAT members and sustainability of the crime strategy.
It was learned that in the province of Biliran, the BPAT has already been organized in the 132 barangays. Of the total number of barangays, the BPAT members in 80 barangays or 61% have already undergone training relative to their duties and responsibilities. (FEJ/PIA 8 Biliran)