PNP BATANES CONDUCTS 1st BARANGAY TANOD SEMINAR
by Necitas G. Alconis
The first seminar for Barangay Tanods in the province is being conducted
by PNP through the stewardship of PNP Provincial Director Rodolfo A.
Brillantes. Barangay police would be a more fitting title for our service
and security providers; P/Supt. Brillantes said.
The seminar is to upgrade the skills and
capabilities of Barangay Police as they partner with PNP to ensure public
safety and orderliness in the community.
Mayor Manuel G. Viola stressed in his message that the barangay tanod/police
are the implementing arms; they discharge their duties to make our community
P/Supt. Brillantes inspired and challenged
the barangay police with this pronouncements, "You are the watchdog
of the policemen, report any police who are involved in drugs and any
illegal activities. We have to establish community-based partnership.
We can't be successful in our work without your support". He further
said, "the barangay police should be recognized for guarding the
lives of residents and protecting properties in the community without
compensation. We must recognize their accomplishments."
The first municipality to undergo the seminar
was Ivana. Mayor Anastacio Barsana initiated the awarding of incentives
to 42-barangay tanod/police in his municipality by sponsoring their
PHIL HEALTH INSURANCE. This is a very rewarding incentive that is extended
to their dependents.
Basco municipality held the seminar on
November 1, 2002 (Sunday). Uyugan December 8, Itbayat and Sabtang shall
wait for their schedule. Topics discussed were: Terrorism updates in
the country, Peace and Order Situation in the province DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS
of the Barangay Tanod/Police by P/Supt. Rodolfo A. Brillantes; INVESTIGATION
PROCESS by P/Inspector Nestor Agcaoili, Basco Chief of Police; HUMAN
RIGHTS by P/Inspector Julian Panaga, Mahatao Chief of Police; INTELLIGENCE
by COPN Edwin Reyes, Chief of Operation /Investigation/Logistics Police
Community Relations; DISASTER and CRISIS PREPAREDNESS by Henry Come
of DSWD with the support of PSWD Officer Jerome Castillo; FIRST AID
TIPS by Dr. Pedro Castillo, Provincial Health Officer II.
Hon. Gov. Vicente S. Gato, closing program
guest speaker acknowledged tat the barangay chiefs function as legislation
and the judiciary in the barangay and thus feel confident that they
are capable of addressing prevailing problems. The governor committed
that the provincial government shall sponsor the barangay tanods' uniform
of Chalecko (letterings that are visible say and night) and vital
equipment such as flashlights and hand held radio for each of them.
He encouraged barangay officials to work deeper and further at the problems
of the community.
Gov. Gato challenge parents as chief of
police at home. If the problem is in the home it should not passed to
the barangay or to the police. More important is the prevention, which
can yet be done in the home. Settlement is secondary, he advised.
Governor Gato congratulated the PNP and
LGUs for the first conduct of the seminar of this kind in the province.