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PIA Press Release
2007/09/28

Lagawe SB holds regular sessions in barangays

by Dan B. Codamon

LAGAWE, Ifugao (28 September) -- To bring the municipal government closer to its people, the Sanguniang Bayan (SB) here adopted as part of its internal rules and procedures to hold their regular sessions in the different barangays of the municipality.

Vice Mayor Roscoe Kalaw said that they already enacted and ordinance for the purpose of which the primary concern is to increase the level of awareness of its barangay officials and constituents on local legislation and governance.

This is one way of promoting the socio-economic and political awareness of the constituents and elevate their level of participation and cooperation which is a primary requirement of people empowerment, he said.

Lagawe is composed of 20 barangays of which many are remotely located and can be reached only by 4-5 hours walking that the municipal officials can rarely meet face to face with their people for closer interaction and transaction.

The holding of regular sessions in these barangay will enable the local legislators to feel and hear by themselves directly from the constituents what they really need for their development and betterment.

This strategy can also save resources from the poor barangays in traveling back and forth to the municipal hall to submit or report their problems and services they need.

To work this out, the SB shall inform the concerned barangay two weeks before the conduct of each session or the barangay officials of a particular barangay can request in writing the SB to hold their meeting also two weeks before said session and the SB shall accommodate the request on a "first –come, first serve basis.

Kalaw believes that this strategy of conducting out-of town sessions will enhance and hasten the identification of the priority needs of the people that will be subject of their local legislation.

By this, cooperation and support can be easily solicited from the people regarding the implementation of programs and projects for the development and progress of the municipality, he added. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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