By Rjhay Laurea
A Barangay Public Safety Officer (BPSO) or Tanod puts on blotter a health safety protocol violator in this file photo courtesy of Barangay Sto. Cristo, Quezon City Facebook page.
MANILA — In partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government-Quezon City, the city government is conducting special training for Barangay Tanods to hone up their skills in exercising their duties especially amid the pandemic.
Ricky Corpuz, Barangay and Community Relations Department (BCRD) head, disclosed the Barangay Tanod Skills Enhancement Training is conducted through a blended approach that combines online and face-to-face training methods.
The entire training will cover all 2,426 regular BPSOs in the city and will last until October 21.
Corpuz added that one session runs for three consecutive days.
The pilot session started last September 5 to 7 and has been attended by 20 officers from barangays Bungad and Commonwealth.
“Oportunidad ito para i-reskill at upskill natin ang mga tanod lalo na’t sila ay nahaharap sa mga bagong hamon na dulot ng pandemya. Sa tulong ng training na ito mas lalawak ang kanilang kaalaman tungkol sa kanilang tungkulin at sana mapabuti pa nila ang kanilang trabaho sa barangay (This is an opportunity to reskill and upskill our BPSOs, especially now that even them faces new challenges due to pandemic. With the help of this training, their knowledge on how to improve their work in the barangay will be expanded),” said Corpuz.
The topics discussed include Barangay Peacekeeping, Responsibilities as First Responders, and Tanod Operations among others.
This BPSO training is only one of the upcoming programs of the BCRD, they will also conduct a joint Barangay Development Planning Seminar for the Barangay Development Council, in partnership with the City Planning Department, and DILG QC.
Mayor Joy Belmonte has expressed her support for the conduct of this training which she described as timely and relevant.
“Sinisiguro nating nabibigyan natin ng de-kalidad na serbisyo ang ating mga komunidad habang hindi naman nako-kompromiso ang kalusugan ng mga barangay personnel na nagsisilbing frontliners (We make sure that we give quality service to the communities without compromising the health of our barangay personnel who also serve as frontliners),” said Belmonte. (ai/mtvn)