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  • Writer's pictureLeonora Lo-oy

Tabuk City police train barangay peacekeepers as added force to ensure safety and order

Updated: Apr 28, 2022

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Tabuk City police started conducting a 2-day refresher training to the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams or BPATs in the city to continuously empower communities in sustaining peace and order in their area.

The BPATs play a central role in addressing immediate concerns on peace, order, and safety in the grassroots level.

BPATs training began in Barangay Ipil last March 2-3, 2022 and was followed by Laya East on April 19 and 20. Meantime, other barangays are scheduled these coming months.

Police Lieutenant Jean Pacia, the Chief of the Community Affairs Division at Tabuk City Police Station mentioned that the training equips the BPAT’s on concept, duties, and responsibilities as barangay peace-keeping force.

Added to the training are lectures on laws on Anti-Violence against Women and their Children, illegal drugs, local government code; the Barangay Justice System; Traffic Management; First Responders and Basic Investigation; and Moral Recovery Program for the members to be well-versed with the salient points needed in performing their jobs well.

A demonstration on arrest techniques and self defense was also conducted.

Pacia explained that the BPAT members have to be knowledgeable about not only skilled in sustaining peace and order, and thus refreshers and updates are needed to keep them abreast with information and innovation in the field.

The arrest of criminals or wrongdoers and seizure of illegal contrabands or materials as well protecting people in their areas of responsibility are some important roles which involve following rules and processes which BPATs should be skilled and knowledgeable about to avoid dismissal of cases should there be complaints to be filed.

“This activity is for them to be effective and efficient in performing their duties and responsibilities as BPAT members. Ken maysa pay ma-empower da nu continuous ti panag-conduct tayo ti kakastuy nga activity,” she added.

Recently, the index crimes or crimes committed against persons and properties in Tabuk increased during the first quarter of 2022. According to the data of the Tabuk police, there were 23 incidents documented for the first three months this year while there were 12 for the same period in 2021.


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