Police outposts will soon be set up at several Petron fuel service stations in Metro Manila and nearby provinces under the recently launched “Lakbay-Ligtas” programme, a collaboration between the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Petron Corporation.
This first-of-its-kind programme will transform Petron fuel service stations into police visibility points, supporting the national government’s efforts to promote safer communities. The PNP stated that since end of September, the outposts have been set up at 20 fuel service stations located on major roads in Metro Manila and the neighbouring provinces of Bulacan and Laguna. The outposts would be manned by police officers for at least an hour daily and could also serve as a complaints desk or even as drop-off points for relief goods during calamities.
Under the programme, Petron station personnel will undergo basic training on what to do in case someone seeks temporary shelter and police assistance. They will also have the necessary numbers in case of emergencies, including the hotline of the nearest police station. “We are proud partners of the Philippine National Police in Lakbay Ligtas. This programme is in line with our efforts to give more to our customers beyond offering premium fuels and innovative services. As an essential part of the community, it is natural for Petron stations to help in ensuring the safety and security of its neighbors as well”, commented Archie B. Gupalor, VP for National Sales.
Lakbay Ligtas supports the PNP and the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Oplan Lambat Sibat, which integrates the extensive use of checkpoints, mobile and beat patrols and police operations to prevent the rise of criminal activity in Metro Manila. The initiative has so far been successful, as crime incidents have dropped by 60% from a weekly average of 919 last year to 340 incidents per week in recent months.
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