3003 barangays in CV hold assembly day
By Minerva BC Newman
Cebu, Philippines (1 April) -- More than 3000 barangays in Central Visayas held their respective Barangay Assembly Day yesterday in response to Proclamation # 343 that declares the last Saturday of March and the 3rd Saturday of October as Barangay Assembly Day.
Department of Interior & Local Government (DILG) secretary Ronaldo Puno has urged all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors, the Liga ng mga Barangays, both provincial and municipal federation presidents within their respective jurisdictions to ensure the successful conduct of the event.
DILG-7 regional director Rene Burdeos said, during the barangay assembly, barangay captains are mandated to undertake projects with emphasis on their accomplishment reports to their constituents for the first semester of the year; financial report; problems affecting the barangay; plan of action and financial plan for the succeeding year.
Burdeos added, the assembly serves as the venue where barangay folks can monitor programs, projects, budgets and the like and they can also suggest what kind of projects are urgently needed in their respective barangays.
The barangay assembly also provides the venue for the barangay officials and their constituents to meet and discuss the needs of their communities.
In Manila, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited the Baseco compound in Tondo, Manila and turned over 1,000 units of newly-build houses to the Baseco residents as the government's initiative to provide affordable and decent homes to poor Filipino families.
The Baseco Bagong Buhay Village was established through the efforts of the Friends of Habitat for Humanity led by Margie Moran-Floirendo; Habitat for Humanity led by its president, Alberto Jugo; national government through the Office of the President and Vice President Noli De Castro; the City of Manila through Mayor Lito Atienza; and Barangay 649 chairwoma Teresit Lumactud.
"Congratulations, you now have your own homes," the President declared as she turned over the symbolic key to Roger Balecoco, president of the Bagong Buhay Village Homeowners Association. She then made a tour inspection of the two Habitat for Humanity built model units owned by Mama and Noraida Tasil, and Raul and Jennifer Dagale at Block 1 Alley A.
The Baseco Bagong Buhay Village is a thriving and economically sustainable community with its own commercial center stores, salons and other service-oriented establishments.
The national government, through the Office of the President in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity and the city of Manila are working together in transforming the Baseco compound into a peaceful and developed community since it was once known as a depressed area where poverty and crime are very common. (PIA-Cebu) [top]