The next time you drive up to a public utility jeepney (PUJ), you may just find yourself right beside a crime-fighting public utility driver.

Members of various transport groups including League Transport Operations of the Philippines, PASANG MASDA, Federation of Jeepney Operators and Driver Association of the Philippines (FEDJODAP), Alliance of Concern Transport Organization (ACTO) and Alliance Transport Operators Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP) were recently sworn as volunteers of the National Capital Region Police Office’s (NCRPO) anti-crime program Lambat-Sibat.

Present during the ceremony, which included an oath-taking and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, was NCRPO Chief, Police Director Joel D Pagdilao and the heads of the various transport groups.

Called Lambat-Sibat Volunteers (LSV), transport groups members who swore in will act as national capital region (NCR) police force multipliers in order to combat crime in Metro Manila.

According to Pagdilao, this partnership strengthens the police force’s relationship with the community and will be able to use members of these groups as ‘non-organic human resources’ to assist in solving crimes by supplying intelligence and counter-intelligence and also to help in arresting high-value suspects.

The LSV will work directly under the Regional Intelligence Division (RID), Regional Operations Plans Division (ROPD), Regional Police Community Relations Division (RPCRD) and the Regional Investigation and Detective Management Division (RIDMD).

Despite their newfound ‘policing’ authority, Pagdilao warned members of the LSV that they themselves should not be found guilty of committing crimes.

For their part, the LSV assured the NCRPO of their ‘full support and cooperation in promoting peace and order in Metro Manila.’

“I'm thankful that you have responded positively to this initiative. I believe that through our unity, we will be able to combat criminality. We will also promote this project in the whole National Capital Region. This is for us to achieve our goal of having a peaceful and orderly community," said Pagdilao.