BATAC CITY, ILOCOS NORTE – Governor Imee Marcos inducted 10,000 newly selected members of the Ilocos Norte Barangay Peacekeeping Action Teams (BPATs) to help maintain peace and order in the province
Half of these new village peacekeepers belong to District 1 and were inducted by Gov. Marcos at the Imelda Cultural Center in Batac. The other half are from District 2 and were inducted at the Sarrat Community Center in the town of Sarrat.
These events were part of this year’s Marcos Fiesta celebrating the 95th birth anniversary of former Presidwnt Ferdinand Marcos.
The Philippine National Police organized the BPATs to expand the use of civilians in neighborhood patrolling and to strengthen cooperation among police and citizens for crime prevention.
As a highlight of the oath taking ceremonies, Gov. Marcos promised the BPATs with health security by getting Philhealth cards and distributed reflectorized vests after the induction ceremonies that will help them maintain peace and ensure order in their area of responsibility.
She also encouraged the newly inducted members of BPATs to help the PNP and the province in reducing the crime rate by reporting illegal loggers in their area, activities of dynamite fishing, and other crimes which continue to plague the province.
Senator Manny Villar, who was present together with his wife, Congresswoman Cynthia Villar during the Marcos Fiesta festivities, was impressed and said BPATs in the province of Ilocos Norte are very organized.
(Photos by Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte – Communications and Media Office)
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