Oil giant firm Petron and the Philippine National Police (PNP) has strengthened its partnership in ensuring safety and security of Filipinos motorists with the expansion of the pioneering community safety program Lakbay Ligtas.
Under this partnership, police officers will patrol participating stations and utilize Lakbay Ligtas outposts for handling complaints and referrals as well as for posting and distributing materials on crime prevention. The stations will also serve as assembly areas for police community-related activities. Petron station personnel, on the other hand, will receive basic training from the PNP on how to respond to emergencies reports made in and through Petron stations.
For the whole month of October, Lakbay Ligtas will transform nearly 700 Petron service stations located in key points in Metro Manila and provinces across the country into police outposts, enabling the PNP to immediately respond to emergencies through selected Petron service stations. This brings the total number of Petron stations with Lakbay Ligtas booths to 1,000.
For two years, Lakbay Ligtas has significantly grown its scope and reach, starting out with only 20 pilot Lakbay Ligtas booths in 2015. After much success, the program was launched nationwide the following year, covering 300 Petron service stations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. This year, 680 new stations (331 in Luzon, 184 in Visayas, 165 in Mindanao) will serve as additional touch points to promote safer communities through increased police visibility and crime prevention awareness. Participating stations will be marked with a “Lakbay Ligtas Point” poster, which also includes details of the PNP’s 24/7 Police Quick Response Center hotline.
Lakbay Ligtas also supports the PNP and the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Enhanced Managing Police Operations, which aims to stop the rise of criminality in Metro Manila through the extensive use of checkpoints, mobile and beat patrols and police operations.