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PIA Press Release
2008/02/21

DILG conducts governance training for newly-elected barangay officials

Koronadal City (21 February) -- Just like the rest of the country, newly elected barangay officials in region 12 are participating in the program towards enhancement of proficiency and effective governance.

DILG 12 Director Buagas Sulaik said that more than 30% of the barangay newly elected officials in the region have finished Part I of the program which is the General Orientation on Barangay Governance and Administration. The other parts are the second Strengthening the Barangay Based Institutions and the third part Special Skills Training, he added.

The first part, the General Orientation on Barangay Governance and Administration, Director Sulaik stressed, will enable the newly elected barangay officials to understand basic information about barangay government with focus on the role of the barangay as the basic political unit. The barangay serves as the primary planning and implementing unit of government policies, plans and programs in the community and a forum where the collective views can be expressed, crystallized and considered, Sulaik continued.

Director Sulaik clarified that strengthening the Barangay Based Institutions, the second part of the program, will afford the barangay officials knowledge on how to establish/strengthen networks that act as advisory bodies in setting the direction of economic, social, and political development of the barangay, He cited priority BBIs such as the Barangay Development Councils, Barangay Peace and Order Councils, Barangay Disaster and Coordinating Council and the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children.

As newly elected officials, Sulaik underscored the necessity for them to undergo special skills training to effectively perform their task as policy maker, program planner, implementer and provider of basic services to their constituency. This third part of the program, he said, includes trainings on leadership, development planning, legislation, financial management, community mobilization, local enterprise development, promoting peace and development. (PIA 12) [top]

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