The Quezon City government, in partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government QC (DILG QC), has started its skills training of Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO) or ‘tanods’ to enhance their skills in exercising their duties especially amid the pandemic.
Barangay and Community Relations Department (BCRD) Head Ricky Corpuz said the Barangay Tanod Skills Enhancement Training is conducted through a blended approach which 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.
He 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 maging 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” said Corpuz.
The topics discussed include Barangay Peacekeeping, Responsibilities as First Responders, and Tanod Operations among others.
After the training for tanods, the BCRD, the City Planning Department, and DILG QC will also conduct a joint Barangay Development Planning Seminar for the Barangay Development Council.
Meantime, Mayor Joy Belmonte has expressed her support for the conduct of trainings 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,” said Belmonte.