The Philippine National Police (PNP) and Petron Corporation signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) early this week that allows police officers to setup an outpost in strategic Petron stations around Metro Manila in order to ramp up police visibility and crime prevention.
“We laud the bold initiative of Petron to volunteer and share their resources to make our roads and communities safer. As we move forward with this, we hope to be present in more Petron stations,” said PNP Officer-in-Charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.
This first-of-its-kind partnership is part and parcel of ‘OPLAN Lambat-Sibat,’ a program by the PNP and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to increase the presence of police officers in key areas and improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to solve crimes.
“This partnership forms part of our continuing efforts to go beyond offering premium fuels and world-class services. As an essential part of the community, it is only logical that we also take steps to ensure the safety and security of our neighbours,” said Petron VP for National Sales Mr. Archie B. Gupalor.
Petron has committed an initial 10 service stations where the PNP may establish a police outpost and these are at Pacific Rim corner Commerce Avenue in Filinvest, Alabang; South Luzon Expressway; C-5 Mckinley Hills in Taguig City; KM 23 North Luzon Expressway in Marilao, Bulacan; Commonwealth Ave., Fairview Park in Quezon City; Commonwealth Ave. corner Atherton St. in Quezon City; 363 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. in Makati City; EDSA/Sierra Madre in Mandaluyong City; and EDSA corner Connecticut Ave. in Mandaluyong City.
The outposts will be manned by police officers with ‘a minimum of one hour, daily and will also be utilized by the investigators when attending complaints and other concerns.’
Police officers will also use the outpost to disseminate information to the public via crime prevention leaflets and to accept relief goods during calamities.
In addition, the PNP will also train Petron service station personnel on how to assist the public and get in touch with the police and other agencies in case of emergencies.