Barangay Tanods of Montevista Comval unites for Peace and Order

The Local Government Unit of Montevista in cooperation with 3rd Special Forces (Arrowhead) Battalion and the Compostella Valley Provincial Police Office (CVPPO) assembled all the village security forces of Montevista and organize them into the “Montevista Municipal Security Force” last July 15, 2009 at the Municipal Gym of Montevista, CVP.

About 192 members of Barangay Police Laban sa Krimen (BPLK) Tanods, from the 20 barangays of the said municipality, brought along 96 assorted firearms and attended the Recognition Program and Seminar aimed to equip the members with basic skills and knowledge needed to maintain and uphold peace and order in their areas as well as to strengthen links among the members.

The members of the “Montevista Municipal Security Force” were formally presented to the Mayor, Hon Teopista T Jauod, the PNP and Military authorities and they were recognized as the augmentation forces that can help in protecting the communities.

Mayor Jauod said, “This program was conceptualized purposely to prevent the recovery efforts of the NPA, to minimize the activities of lawless elements and to attract development in the area.”

“Likewise, this enables the local Police to account the existing members of Brgy Tanods that can protect the villages against lawless elements,” the Mayor added.

During the seminar, representatives from the PNP conducted series of lectures on Organizational Structure and the Role of Bantay Bayan..

PSI Julius A Borja, the Chief of Police of Montevista said, “This activity will show to the public and would be-investors that the threat of the NPA in the municipality of Montevista is already negligible. Likewise, only few lawless groups are left in the area and this can be easily countered by the area security system.”

Also present during the said activity were the Commanders of 3SFBn and 25IB, Lt Colonels Roylan Orquia and Gilbert Saret, respectively. They said that the initiative also shows that the people of Montevista wants peace and are united to defend their town.

“The military forces are still on standby to provide the necessary forces. We are optimistic that the recognition of the Bantay Bayan as the first line of defense will be of great help in the protection of the community against lawless elements,” said Orquia.

The LGU Officials and the locals were very thankful for the successful outcome of the activity. One of the Barangay Captains said, “We appreciate the efforts of the military who endeavors to actively pursue peace building initiatives together with the various stakeholders in the locality.”

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