Issue of August 12, 2018

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Police to communities: Watch out for unusual happenings
by Jane B. Cadalig

Benguet’s barangay peacekeeping action teams (BPATs) were reminded anew to be vigilant against unusual activities in their communities to maintain peace and order and rid their areas of the threats of illegal drugs.

S/Supt. Lyndon Mencio, Benguet Provincial Police Office director, told officers of the newly organized provincial BPAT that the communities’ vigilance will help a lot in maintaining the image of Benguet as one the most peaceful provinces in the country.

He said among the things that BPAT members should watch out for are the sudden changes in the lifestyle and routine of their neighbors or people in their community.

Examples of changes that should raise the red flag, according to Mencio, are people who acquire a service utility vehicle in a sudden and unexplained manner or those whose activities suddenly changed, like people who used to do their work during the day then changed their schedules to night time, without a convincing explanation.

Mencio said the BPAT members should be vigilant against these kinds of sudden and unjustified changes in the routines and lifestyles of their constituents, as these are some of the signs that people are engaged in illegal activities.

“You know the people in your community well so we ask you to observe the changes in their activities,” he said, as he asked the BPAT members to help the police rid the communities of the threat of illegal drugs.

“We need your help in clearing our barangays on the threats of illegal drugs. We should conduct continuous vigilance because of the resurgence of the illegal drugs trade,” he said.

He said the help of the BPATs is being urged not to lessen the job of the police, but because they are the police’s counterparts in policing and public safety system in the communities.

“You are the first responders and you are immersed in the community, that is why your work will help us a lot,” he said.

Mencio also lauded the 1,913 BPAT members in the province for their voluntary services.

Each town sent their representatives for the election of the provincial BPAT officers on Aug. 9 at the Benguet police office at Camp Bado Dang-wa, La Trinidad.

The officers are Elmer Basongit of Tublay as president; Jose Rafael of Sablan, vice president; Genebert Carantes of Itogon, secretary; Elizalde Cabanes of Bokod, treasurer; and Jeffrey Pablo of Kapangan, public information officer.

Basongit said the cooperation of the officers of the newly organized provincial BPAT will help in the successful implementation of peace and order programs in Benguet.

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