BMPM awards top Bayan Patrollers

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2012 09:19 PM | Updated as of Jun 11 2012 06:06 AM

Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo (BMPM), the citizen journalism arm of ABC-CBN, launches a brand new campaign on Independence Day with awards for the most impactful Bayan Patroller report and the most active citizen journalist. 

There will also be surprise prizes for registrants at the June 12 event at the Quezon Memorial Circle. Umagang Kay Ganda, ABS-CBN's morning show, will also air live partly from the site and give prizes to the Bayan Patroller who brings the oldest newspaper with election-related news.

The new campaign brings BMPM's original call, "Ako Ang Simula," a step higher, highlighting the initiatives Bayan Patrollers have shown in improving their communities and helping fellow Filipinos.

"As individuals, Filipinos have shown they can step up to the plate in times of crises and watershed events, like the 2010 elections," said Inday Espina-Varona, BMPM head. "But in the last two years, Bayan Patrollers have displayed amazing perseverance in demanding good governance from their leaders and working together not only to help those in need but also in filling up the vacuum of governance."

Belief in citizens' ability to transform communities and influence government action has doubled the number of Bayan Patrollers to more than 200,000. Bayan Patrollers have shut down illegal garbage dumps in their communties, prevented a massacre of trees in Central Luzon, and sped up the release of benefits to soldiers slain in battle. They have also succeeded in having erring government officials disciplined, played a key role in the evacuation of Filipinos from crisis zones abroad and in the country, and forcing government agencies to institute crisis-prevention measures in their neighborhoods.

Bayan Patrollers have won national awards and even been feted by foreign governments for their heroism. But the longer-term effect of BMPM's thrust to create an Army of Change is the initiatives and changes they have brought to their communities.

"As vigilant as they are, Bayan Patrollers are also showing the ability to organize, to learn the processes of governance and provide dynamic private sector intervention when needed," Espina-Varona said. 

Registration at the Quezon Memorial Circle will start at 5 a.m.

Parents can also give their kids a holiday treat by attending dzMM's TLC reading circle, featuring anchors and stars of ABS-CBN. There will be five reading circles, of an hour each, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon. Special access will be given to children who are registered by their parents. You can call 0917-569-1439 to register. Walk-in participants will be accommodated according to number of slots still open.