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PIA Press Release
2008/02/15

DILG holds trainings to capacitate barangay leaders

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (15 February) -- BUILDING capacities of barangay local government officials in the frontline is what the local Department of Interior and Local Government is packing for Bohol's newly elected officials (NEO).

First putting the program officially on the air, DILG provincial Director Rustica Mascariñas said the program aims to equip local elected officials and capacitate them for their roles responsibilities so they can effectively perform their mandates.

Guesting the weekly Kapihan sa PIA, Thursday, February 15, the top interior an local government officer was accompanied by Punong Barangay Glorivic dela Serna and other DILG key personnel.

The Kapihan tackled on the billed national Barangay NEO Orientation program.

The program mandates the DILG authorities to bring to the 1109 punong barangays here the innovative orientation on barangay governance in an bid to aptly prepare them to handle one of the most crucial government roles: steering the barangay to development.

The capacity development program, which used to be in an instructional format through direct coaching, is now carried on via a series for interactive discussions where all the barangay heads share and discuss together their learnings after reading in their own pace, the guidebook, Mascariñas stated.

Done in three segments, we are giving the trainings for the newly elected officials using audio tapes, guidebooks and sharing sessions.

Then we are also giving them the methodology on how they can do about the every business of governance in the barangays, the top local government authority added.

Another module in the capacity building seminar series is the organization of Barangay Peace Institutions as well as barangay special skills training inclusive of development planning, legislation, finance and powers, Mascariñas said.

Commenting on the new approach to equipping the local government frontliners, Tagbilaran Poblacion II barangay chairman cited the program as a good development compared to her earlier days as punong barangay of the city's premier commercial district.

"If only we were given this then…," she said.

Even without the new barangay officials' capability learning modules, De las Serna however was able to pilot her unit to new heights catapulting her to the award of regional Ten Outstanding Barangay Officials of the Year (TOBOY) for punong barangay category.

Sharing how she did it on her first term, she shared that it was through summarizing the 13 powers into the executive, legislative, quasi-judicial and corporate powers of the barangay according to the Local Government Code and in consultation with the DILG that she focused.

Despite her accolade, she nevertheless said, "you don't think about awards, the recognition, what we must focus is service that we need to give.

She was also quick to point out that without the support of barangay councils and barangay assemblies, thought at times costly, barangay governance would never be as successful.

That is precisely what we wish to do with the barangay leaders in leading their respective communities toward greater efficiency and effectiveness in delivering the basic services to the constituency, says a DILG municipal officer Jake Taningco, in a statement to PIA.

For almost two decades now, the DILG, in coordination with the Liga ng mga Barangays has championed the cause of building the capacities of our local government units particularly through its local officials.

Consistently believing that the barangays are essential in nation building, he said training their guns at the grassroots helps build a nation of greater political maturity, economic prosperity and acknowledged accountability through transparency. (PIA) [top]

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