TARLAC CITY – About 250 barangay officials and partners from civil society organizations attended a forum on Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict in Camiling town.
During the activity, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Angelo Alexis Barroga gave an overview on the Whole-of-Nation approach and Retooled Community Support Program (RCSP).
“RCSP is an inclusive program that aims to address identified issues of the community by closing the governance and development gaps through the provision of vital services while ensuring that development is sustained and peace is being promoted,” Barroga explained.
3rd Mechanized Infantry Battalion Executive Officer Major Randy Bagaporo, on the other hand, discussed the attainment of inclusive and sustainable peace through the whole-of-nation approach.
Coinciding with the forum was the launching of the Neighborhood Watch which will increase people’s participation in maintaining the peace and order situation through the establishment of effective mechanisms of reporting incidents from private constituents to authorities.
Neighborhood Watch is the main implementing strategy of Barangay at Pulis Laban sa Krimen (BPLK) which is a program of DILG.
BLPK is a crime prevention program that aims to promote safe, peaceful and orderly communities which involves the efforts of citizens in partnership with the local enforcement entities such as the police, the punong barangay, and the barangay tanods.
“Through the Neighborhood Watch, citizens will remain alert for suspicious activities and will report such to the appropriate authorities like the barangay officials and the police. In this way, collaboration and partnership as one of the means in addressing the problem of criminality is strengthened,” Mayor Erlon C. Agustin said. (CLJD/TJBM-PIA 3)