Barangay tanods to get additional benefits

BARANGAY tanods may soon get additional benefits to attract more people to join the security force in the localities.

Rep. Maria Evita Arago (3rd District, Laguna) filed House Bill 6597 to improve standard of living of barangay tanods and enhance their skills and capabilities to make them better equipped in the maintenance of peace and order in their community.

The bill, to be known as the “Magna Carta of Barangay Tanods”, will grant each tanod P600 monthly allowance, P1,000 Christmas bonus, P500 annual clothing allowance, insurance coverage, free medical and dental care from government hospitals, exemption from payment of tuition fee for their children in college and universities and automatic civil service eligibility based on the number of years of service to their barangay.

“Many barangays do not bother to organize barangay tanod brigades as the appointment of barangay tanods is not a mandatory appointment required by the Local Government Code,” Arago said.

Arago said it is only through the grant of special benefits, privilege and opportunities for personal development can the government effectively encourage barangay residents to take interest in joining tanod brigades.

According to Arago, there is no serious effort on the part of the government to promote and enhance their social and economic well-being, as well as their living and working conditions.

Arago said the Sangguniang Barangay always finds difficulties in the selection of barangay tanods because very few residents show interest in becoming part of the tanod brigades.

The bill provides that the appointment of barangay tanods shall be done by the Punong Barangay upon selection and approval by a majority of the members of the Sangguniang Barangay, in accordance with the merit and fitness principle.

Under Section 393 of Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, barangay tanods shall receive the same benefits and privileges enjoyed by barangay secretaries and treasurers.

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