Six barangay peace and order committees (BPOCs) in Cordillera Administrative Region emerged as this year’s winners in the Search for the Most Outstanding BPOCs in the region.
Topping the list of outstanding BPOC is the BPOC of Dalupirip in Itogon, followed by Ambassador in Tublay, both in the province of Benguet, which have already won for two consecutive years. Subusub in Sallapadan and Poblacion in Luba, both in the Province of Abra, are also in the outstanding list together with Apayao’s bet Barangay Shalom in Luna. Lourdes Subdivision Extension in Baguio City was also given a special award also for the second year.
During the simple awarding rites held in Baguio City, DILG CAR Regional Director John M Casta?eda said that it is not only in being recognized and winning the prize that matters but more importantly the realization that sincere and purposive efforts promote a peaceful and safe communities.
This is the second year that the Search for Outstanding BPOCs was staged by the DILG CAR hoping to present exemplars of BPOCs working to ensure order and safety in the barangays.
The nominees for the Outstanding BPOCs were assessed by representatives from the Police Regional Office, National Police Commission, NGO/PO/CSO and the academe. For this year, representatives from the Northern Luzon Federation of Cooperative Development Center, Inc. (NorLu CEDEC) and the National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) were invited to be raters.
Peace and Order Councils are permanent in the barangays, municipalities, provinces and region, and BPOCs are the implementing arm of the city/municipal peace and order council at the barangay level.
The functions of BPOCs include monitoring and checking the nefarious activities of criminal elements; identifying barangay constituents with strong deviant behavior for referral to appropriate authorities; formulating plans and recommending such measures which will improve or enhance peace and order and public safety in their area of responsibility; and monitor, coordinate and supervise the operation of all community-based anti-crime movements within the barangay.