PRO-7 chief eyes neighborhood ‘tsismosas’ as effective contact tracers

  • Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, the director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7) said the help of neighborhood “tsismosas” could help speed up their contact tracing efforts
  • He dubbed it as the “Tsismosas Brigade”
  • Ferro said that instead of backbiting, tsismosas can now do something good to their community

Neighborhood gossipmongers or “tsismosas” might soon have a vital role against the spread of COVID-19 as possible contact tracers.

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Police Brigadier General Albert Ignatius Ferro, the director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), said he is eyeing the help of “tsismosas” in the region’s contact tracing efforts.

Dubbed as the “Tsismoso Brigade,” Ferro said the neighborhood tsismosos will come in handy in speeding up the contact tracing process.

“I heard last night, what do we call this, the ‘tsismoso’ brigade. They could be a good source, sa Bulacan man yata. Sabi nila, mga tsismosa, we can ask you to help us sa atong (with our) contact tracing… instead na paglibak, naa silay maayong matabang (instead of backbiting they can do something good),” Ferro shared with Cebu-based The Freeman.

He went on to say how the rumormongers could help their community report any suspicious activities to the authorities.

“They could be useful. They will report to us any unusual event or situation in their vicinity. They could be of great help because they could tell us what is happening and we could immediately respond to whatever information that they could give us with regard to this health issue,” he added.

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Meanwhile, Ferro went on to encourage the community to help in efforts against the spread of COVID-19.

“This health emergency crisis is not only the job or responsibility of the Police, the military or the local government. This is a responsibility of every Sugboanon, Boholano, Ilonggo, Ilocano, Bisaya and all Filipino citizens,” Ferro said.