(PR)Solon wants more benefits, privileges for barangay tanods

March 10, 2013 6:21 am 

MANILA, March 9 — A lawmaker said granting barangay tanods more benefits and privileges will attract more people at the grassroots level to join the village security group.

“I believe it is only through grant of special benefits, privileges and opportunities for personal development that government can effectively encourage barangay residents to take an interest in joining tanod brigades,” said Rep. Catalina Bagasina (Party-list ALE).

She vowed pursuing her advocacy to improve standard of living of barangay tanods and enhance their skills and capabilities to make them better equipped in maintaining peace and order in their communities.

Bagasina said barangay tanods should be granted the same benefits and privileges barangay secretaries and treasurers enjoy under Section 393 of Republic Act 7160 (Local Government Code of 1991).

“There is need to enhance the government program for barangay tanods to promote and enhance their social and economic well-being as well as their living and working conditions,” she said.

She said Sangguniang Barangays have difficulty organizing barangay brigades because very few residents show interest in becoming part of these village security groups.

“Many residents are not interested in joining community security groups in their localities because appointment of barangay tanods is not required under the Local Government Code,” Bagasina said. (PNA)

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