• Lawmakers eye P1,000 monthly allowance for barangay tanods

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    A P1,000 monthly allowance for barangay tanods (barangay security forces) has been sought in the House of Representatives.

    Reps. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan de Oro City and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. of Abante Mindanao party-list made the pitch under their House Bill 2447 which provides that each barangay unit will be entitled to enlist the services of a maximum of 10 barangay tanods with a P1,000 monthly allowance each whose names and dates of service will be properly recorded and forwarded to the city/municipal authorities by the Barangay Secretary or the Barangay Chairman, for monitoring purposes.

    The amount of allowance provided will be separate from any other form of remuneration that the barangay tanods might receive from their respective cities/municipalities.

    “This measure will encourage the tanods to be more vigilant and enthusiastic in their duties in deterring crime, considering that they can be utilized as sources of intelligence for the PNP by forwarding any and all information on suspicious persons and activities in their respective barangays,” the Rodriguez brothers said in their proposal.

    The brothers disclosed their proposal on Monday, October 28 or the same day of the barangay polls wherein 54 million Filipinos are expected to cast their vote.

    The brothers cited the recent bombing that happened in his province, which he said could have possibly be prevented if the barangay tanods were utilized properly in intelligence gathering.

    Further, the brothers argued that their proposal is in accordance to the Section 393 of the Local Government Code which mandates that barangay officials, including barangay tanods, should receive honoraria, allowances and such other emoluments, as, may be authorized by law or ordinance.

    Under the bill, the Department of Interior and Local Government is mandated to issue rules and regulations necessary for the proper implementation of the proposed act, in consultation with the Liga ng mga Barangay. LLANESCA T. PANTI

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