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Davao City, Philippines

Brangay tanods to be  deputized as added city security

June 26, 2019 - Wednesday 11:06 AM by Funny Pearl A. Gajunera

Article Banner Image A barangay tanod helps a boy cross the street. Soon they will be deputized as added security to the city. Arjoy M. Ceniza

DAVAO CITY -- The barangay tanods in the city are now undergoing training under different government agencies in preparation for their deputation as added security in the city.

The tanods will serve as additional eyes of the police authorities as well as the regulatory offices of the city such as the Vice Regulation Unit to ensure that the laws are followed.

The program is the brainchild of Davao City Police Office (DCPO).

DCPO Director Police Colonel Alexander Tagum said the barangay ronda patrol is an enhanced program of the DCPO to further strengthen the security measures of the city.

“Majority of the crime incidents in Davao City are theft which normally happen in residential areas which is outside the security areas of the police,“ he said.

Tagum said the tanods will aid the police in the areas they cannot access immediately such as exclusive subdivisions and small streets.

“We must accept that we also have limitations which is the residential area, and the solution to this problem is the creation of barangay ronda patrol,” Tagum said.

The tanods will be closely supervised and monitored by the 12 police station commanders in the city.

As the DCPO enhances its security measures by tapping the barangay tanods, Task Force Davao is also intensifying its anti-terrorism approach by installing walk-through scanners at the Sirawan and Bunawan checkpoints.

Task Force Davao commander Colonel Consolito Yecla said the scanner will help personnel thoroughly check the bags of the public to avoid the entry of explosives.

“This is not only for the faster checking of baggage but also to enhance our security measures to ensure the city will remain peaceful,” Yecla said.

The DCPO and Task Force Davao vowed to work hand-in-hand to ensure the city is safe from any untoward incident.