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Southern Leyte to initiate Barangay Tanod Congress

By R.G. CADAVOS, PIA Southern Leyte
January 18, 2012

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte  –  The province of Southern Leyte through the initiative of Governor Damian G. Mercado in coordination with the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) will conduct a one-day Barangay Tanod Congress tentatively scheduled on March 1, 2012.

In a meeting held with the PPOC members, Tuesday at the Governor’s Office here, Gov. Mercado announced the upcoming Tanod Congress requesting the body to file a resolution authorizing the release of funds in assistance for the said congress to be conducted at Maasin City gymnasium.

The gathering of Barangay Tanods will highlight the distribution of kits that include flashlight, batuta, handcuffs, tear gas, to name a few, in addition to the accident insurance to be given to every tanod member, it was learned during the PPOC meeting presided by Gov. Mercado.

There will be at least 533 Barangay Tanods that are expected to grace the affair to include all the Chief Tanods of every barangay throughout the province, though, municipal mayors will be requested to let all their tanods attend the one-day activity. ”Each municipality is requested to send all their tanods and to provide their transportation, while the provincial government through the PPOC will provide the lunch and snacks for the attendees,” Mercado disclosed.

There are a total of 3,452 barangay tanods provincewide. All barangay Tanods of Maasin City are expected to participate.

Other participants to the upcoming tanod congress are the provincial officials, municipal/city mayors, vice mayors, peace and order barangay chairmen, PPOC members, fire marshals, among others concerned.

The Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army (PA) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) will give some inputs and share a lecture on the laws that can be implemented by the local tanods.

The PPOC also filed a resolution inviting DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo to grace the Barangay Tanod Congress.