LUBAO -- Governor Lilia Pineda renewed Monday her call to Bantay Bayan members of Pampanga to help in the local peace and order and anti-drugs campaigns of the local government by being pro-active in their duties and being vigilant of illegal activities in their areas.

Governor Pineda has renewed this call to Bantay Bayan members from the barangays of Lubao, Sasmuan and Santa Rita as she vowed to continue support the needs of Bantay Bayan members in terms of capability building, uniforms and financial support among others.

Earlier, the governor said that the Bantay Bayan or tanods must have a better understanding of the community and comprehensive information and background on local inhabitants, their daily activities especially those houses with high fences, businesses, and out of school youth.

She also reminded local officials and the tanods to set a good example in the community in terms of character and the way they live to serve as role models. She reminded barangay tanods that they are agents and persons of authority, and are obliged to act like an alter ego of the barangay captain.

At the same time, she encouraged the village chiefs to help the Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel in their respective areas of jurisdiction to coordinate efforts in peace and order and anti-drug campaigns. Governor Pineda said that the first line of defense is always an active and vigilant community through its local leaders.

The governor also met yesterday with the Bantay Bayan members of Porac, Floridablanca and Guagua, stressing other support programs of the province for peace and order. Governor Pineda has recently distributed patrol tricycles to various towns and barangays and even police stations in Pampanga urging their users to care for the vehicles and maximize their use.