An ordinance providing an allowance of P2,000 to barangay tanods who perform auxiliary duties in their police stations or with the Public Order and Safety Office (POSO), was approved on final reading by the SangguniangPanlungsod of Bacolod Wednesday.
Bacolod Councilor Caesar Distrito, main author of the ordinance, yesterday said barangay tanods in Bacolod City will receive the P2,000 incentive from the City Government, afterthe ordinance isapproved by MayorEvelioLeonardia.
Distrito said the main purpose of the ordinance is to provideincentive from the local governmenttanods, who serve as force multipliers to assist policemen and the city government in maintaining peace and order.
The ordinance provides that aside from performing auxiliary duties, there are qualifications and requirements for barangay tanods to avail of the incentive from the city.
These qualifications arethat they should have been working as tanod for at least two years, have undergone self-defense training and basic law enforcement seminars conducted by the Bacolod City Police Office and the POSO, must be between the ages of 18 to 60 years old, should be physically fit, and must perform auxiliary duties with the Police Station or the POSO for atleast 72 hours, it said.
Auxiliary duties include assisting the police in conducting patrolling or roving operations, assisting in the traffic management and enforcement, and being assigned as guard on duty in public schools, police stations or in areas with high incidence of crimes in their barangay, the ordinance said.
The ordinance also provides an initial fund of P 2 million for its implementation.
The ordinance,that recognizes the importance of barangay tanods in the maintenance of peace and order in the communities, was also authored by Councilors Cindy Rojas, RenecitoNovero, EmLegaspiAng, Ricardo Tan, Bart Orola, Sonya Verdeflor, Elmer Sy and Dindo Ramos.
Distrito is chairperson of the SP Committee on Appropriations and Finance.*CGS
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