Petron Corp. in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP) will build 300 additional police outposts in their service stations as part of their Lakbay Ligtas program.
Petron vice president for national sales Archie Gupalor said the oil firm will provide command posts in their stations to be manned by PNP personnel to attend to complaints as well as post and distribute crime prevention materials.
“Our partnership with the PNP has been so successful that we will expand its coverage to 300 more stations nationwide. With more Lakbay Ligtas booths in key Petron stations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, we will be able to ensure the safety, security and welfare of our communities,” Gupalor said.
Under the memorandum of agreement signed by both parties, 210 stations will be built in Luzon, and 90 will be added in Visayas and Mindanao. There are currently 20 pilot stations scattered in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Laguna.
PNP Chief Roland Dela Rosa said the oil firm has the widest network of service stations throughout the country.
“The expansion of this community safety program nationwide is very timely as the government steps up its drive to stamp out criminality especially drug-related offenses. Since Petron stations are already an integral part of their respective communities, we will be able to respond faster and enhance the safety of our fellow Filipinos,” he said.
Petron personnel will also receive training on what to do and who to call for police assistance.
As of the end of 2015, Petron had over 2, 200 stations in the Philippines, and 570 more in Malaysia.