By Jennifer Catan-Tilos
NEGROS ORIENTAL (PIA) – Twenty-two (22) barangays in Negros Oriental received an award and a cash prize of about P200,000 recently as Outstanding Barangay Peace and Order Committees (BPOCs) and Outstanding Barangay Tanod Teams (BTTs) this year in Dumaguete City.
The lead agency, in cooperation with the provincial government held this first-ever search for outstanding BPOCs and BTTs as part of its mission to strengthen community-based mechanism in promoting public safety and maintaining peace and order in the province.
Provincial DILG director Dennis Quiñones said this endeavor is designed to enhance the capacities of barangays as partner peacekeepers at the grassroots level.
Quiñones added this is also to recognize their exemplary performance in ensuring peace and order and public safety in their respective barangays.
NehOr governor Roel Ragay Degamo stressed the importance of BPOCs and Tanod teams as they were instrumental in making Negros Oriental ‘conflict-manageable and development-ready province’ as per the joint declaration of the military and provincial government officials last May 7, 2014.
The outstanding BPOC and outstanding Tanod team winners received P11,000 cash with plaque, while the 1st runner-ups were given P9,000, the 2nd runner-ups P7,000 and consolation prizes of P2,00.
Barangay Looc of Dumaguete City got the outstanding BPOC award in Category A or component cities category with 84.81% rating. Chosen as the first runner up was Barangay Tayawan of Bayawan City, followed by the BPOC of Poblacion in Guihulngan City, while Barangay Motong received the consolation prize.
For the category B or 1st to 3rd class municipalities, the big winner was the BPOC of Barangay Campuyo in Manjuyod (85%), followed by Barangay Bagawines in Vallehermoso and Calag-calag in Ayungon. Poblacion, Pamplona took home the consolation prize.
In the category C or 4th to 6th class municipalities, the winners were Poblacion, Amlan (88%), Barangay Tapon Norte of San Jose, Mayabon, Zamboangita and Boloc-boloc, Dauin.
Barangay Tayawan in Bayawan City bested 10 other barangays in the category A to win the top prize for Outstanding Barangay Tanod Teams by garnering an award-high of 92.62%. Barangay Calindagan in Dumaguete City took the 1st-runner up honors while the Poblacion of Guihulngan City got the 2nd runner up award.
For the category B, the winners were Barangay Bagawines of Vallehermoso town(87.12%), followed by Campuyo of Manjuyod and Puhagan of Valencia.
Poblacion Amlan took home the top honorsfor the Category Cwith 87.75%, followed by Mayabon, Zamboangita and Boloc-boloc, Dauin.
Present in the event was Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office OIC director, Senior Superintendent Dionardo Carlos that presided over the award ceremony. (mbcn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/ with reports from Churchill P. Guevarra, NORSU intern/This article was first published at PIA website on November 20, 2015)