Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team on Covid-19 Response: An Analysis

Authors : PCol. Geraldo Palaming Roxas, (Ret.)

Volume/Issue : Volume 5 - 2020, Issue 11 - November

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, which is an infectious disease. The COVID-19 pandemic is considered as the worst crisis that affects our world economically and socially. In this regard, government and community leaders were challenge enormously in responding to this kind of crisis. In the Philippines, following the announcement of the first localized transmission on 7 March, local officials raised by the DOH are at once responsible for distributing assistance to small businesses and people in an inclusive and transparent manner; they also need to collaborate with national and other local governments, the private sector and even foreign organizations in order to receive, monitor and receive support. In addition, several municipal councils are working rapidly to speed up the provision of health care, revise fiscal policies and introduce new rules on public safety. Thus, it can be noted that The nearest and most direct form of government is always the local institution. As the full effects of the pandemic, health, social, financial and political, are concentrated across the globe, they are important and need to be open, accessible and sensitive to citizens' needs.As it was noted by PGEN Camilo Cascolan (2020), the PNP can never be truly effective without the help and support of the community. In this regard, the role of the community is vital in providing services to this pandemic. In this regard, the researcher would like to conduct a study in order to identify the lived experiences of Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team in response to COVID-19. This study was conducted using a qualitative research approach particularly a Case Study with a population of 10 BPAT members assigned in barangay Bacayao Sur, Dagupan City identified through a Purposive Sampling. The result of the analysis revealed that the BPAT in barangay Bacayao Sur, Dagupan City are active in responding to COVID-19 despite of the fact that they are unprepared and have lack of knowledge and experience. They still managed to proactively and reactively respond to COVID-19 in a systematic and flexible manner. The challengesthey have encountered did not hindered them to become resilient in response to COVID-19. The result of the study implied a clear indication that the challenges they have encountered did not hindered them to become resilient in response to COVID-19

Keywords : Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team, COVID19 Response


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