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Para ‘di maapi! Joy Belmonte holds arnis training classes for QC tanods

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Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte has organized a free five-day training course on the national sport, arnis, for the city’s barangay tanods (watchmen) in a bid to improve their defense capabilities.

Eighty-one Barangay Public Safety Officers (BPSO) from 25 barangays in Quezon City took part in the training, which Belmonte organized in partnership with the Rotary Club of New Manila and Arnis Philippines, Inc.

The vice mayor said learning arnis will be an advantage for barangay tanods since they are prohibited from carrying firearms.

“I support this program because I believe that Arnis is an effective tool to protect yourself and other people, especially for our barangay tanods. For the last two years, sa kanilang pagsasagawa ng kanilang Arnis program ay hindi naman ito bago. Napakagandang advocacy nito,” she said.

At the completion ceremony at Amoranto Sports Complex, the graduates were awarded certificates and their own pair of Arnis sticks which they can already use during foot patrols especially at night.

With the success of the arnis training course, Belmonte said she is planning on organizing additional martial arts classes for the benefit of more tanods