BORONGAN CITY, March 29, 2017–The Department of Local Government Eastern Samar Provincial Office said that the synchronized barangay assembly held last March 25 was a success.
According to Jude Villero, DILG Provincial Director, all 597 barangays in the province complied with the mandate, although not all barangays conducted their assembly on March 25.
Other barangays held their meetings earlier because they invited their DILG and municipal officials to attend.
Barangay assemblies are venue for officials and constituents to talk about issues facing them, said Director Villero.
The barangay officials hear the complaints, suggestions and needs of the people, and explore ways on how these can be addressed.
The chairman reports on his accomplishments, updates of programs and projects while the treasurer gives the financial report especially on how their funds are used, which is one of the requirements of the full disclosure policy.
Topping the issues discussed was the campaign against illegal drugs.
Director Villero also said that the DILG has also started to introduce Federalism, “for the barangay people to be aware of the planned change in government from a centralized to a federal system”.
DILG also discussed the Seal of Good Local Governance for barangays, one of the programs being pushed by DILG secretary Ismael Sueno.
It aims to make barangay governments more accountable and transparent. “Ang malinis na pamamahala, sa barangay nagsisimula. Barangays are the bedrock of government” said Sueno in his directive.
Barangays will be assessed on the following key areas: peace and order, financial administration, disaster preparedness, social protection, business friendliness and environmental management.
Secretary Sueno said that a barangay conferred with the Seal will get an incentive in the form of cash reward to be used for development projects in the barangay.
As mandated in the Local Government Code, barangay assemblies should be conducted twice a year. (Eden Cidro/Este News)