Castillejos, Zambales. The Peace and Order and Public Safety Cluster and the Liga ng mga Barangay of Castillejos joined forces to capacitate the Barangay Tanods of the 14 barangays of Castillejos on October 11, 2019 at the Rooftop of the Municipal Hall. 205 Barangay Tanods attended the “Capacity Enhancement Training” provided by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Castillejos Municipal Police Station which aimed to continuously capacitate Barangay Tanods in the performance of their duties and responsibilities.  MLGOO Sheryl Ann Q. Dungca provided an overview on why there is a need to conduct such activity and gave emphasis on the contributions the force-multipliers give to the barangay as well as to the Philippine National Police.  She said that, as Barangay Tanods, they are the extension of the Punong Barangays and the Police in maintaining and ensuring peace and order in their respective barangays.

P/SSGT Bryon Rey Dayao of Castillejos Municipal Police Station discussed the different roles and responsibilities of Barangay Tanods. Various scenarios were presented to help familiarize the barangay tanods how to deal with them.

Hon. Romeo D. Calimlim II, Liga ng mga Barangay President, thanked all the barangay tanods for their continued services despite the low amount of honoraria they receive as tanods. He assured them that as Peace and Order Committee Chair, he will continue to lobby benefits in exchange for their service.

Hon. Eleanor De Jesus-Dominguez, in her message, expressed her gratitude to Barangay Tanods for their support and service. She asked everyone to be one with the Municipality in the fight against criminality, drugs and terrorism. She added that everyone should do their part to ensure that the municipality will maintain its peaceful and orderly state.

Finally, the activity also served as a venue for the distribution of incentives to performing barangay tanods of Castillejos.