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A total of 181 participants coming from the 24 barangays of Bulusan attended enhancement proficiency seminar for barangay tanods held last April 22-27 at the Bulusan Cultural Center.  The participants were divided into three groups of two days each.

            The seminar was made possible thru the joint efforts of the DILG Municipal Operations Office and PNP Bulusan headed by Mr. Rico E. Gaurino and P/SINP Miguel G. Batanes, respectively.  Likewise, the municipal government provided the secretariat and the support services to augment the workforce and resources for the training.  The barangay for its part shouldered the cost of the training in the amount of P 220 per trainee to cover food and other expenses during the training program.

            The seminar has six (6) program components: 1) Advocacy/Strategy Preparation, which includes information, education and communication materials, organization of national and local association of tanod executive officers; 2) Communication to enhance interpersonal communication, radio and TV interviews; 3) Training and capacity building consisting of three phases (orientation, skills training/enhancement course, and accreditation revalidate; 4) Accreditation strategy which includes: pre-qualification for security license, accreditation in the national training program under R. A. 9163, and availment of civil service eligibility; 5) Alliance Building Strategy which includes the Interior and Local Government sector and the private sector; and 6) Award System to give due recognition extraordinary or commendable accomplishments, contribution and promotion of public safety.

            During the closing ceremony, Mayor Juan G. Guysayko recognized the efforts of those people/agencies behind the success of the seminar and gladly congratulated the barangay tanods who were able to complete the 2-day activity.  He also emphasized the significant role of each and every barangay officials in the maintenance of peace and order as a key factor in the development of the municipality.

            The seminar is in line with the thrust of H. E. Gloria Macapagal  - Arroyo towards building a strong republic through strengthening the peace and order campaign, professionalizing the barangay tanod in every locality and enhancing citizens involvement in the fight against lawlessness, crime and terrorism.  (Tsinoe)

Vol. XV No. 7 (March - May 2003)

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