Tue. Sep 21st, 2021

MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday expressed support to the measure that seeks to limit the population of all barangays in the country to 15,000.

“By limiting the population of each barangay to 15,000, we are enabling the smallest unit of local government with uniform standard of governance to enforce local ordinances,” PNP spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said in a statement sent to reporters.

He said the proposal will help in the enforcement of modern policing systems aided by technology that factors geographical information and demographics with crime data as a basis for the deployment of forces.

“We firmly believe in the wisdom of local government autonomy and devolution of power as provided under the Local Government Code. Yet we also look with great optimism at better prospects for public safety and law enforcement under this proposed legislation,” he said.

He added that the bill supports the government’s program to decongest the urban centers by introducing development and equal opportunities to the provinces.

House Bill 6686, authored by Rep. Robert Ace Barbers, seeks an amendment to the Local Government Code to limit the population of every barangay to 15,000, to enable faster and more efficient delivery of essential services.

The bill is still pending with the House committee on local government. (PNA)

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