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DILG calls for proper turnover of records, properties to incoming punong barangays

Tacloban City (November 20) - Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo called on all outgoing punong barangays to conduct an inventory of all financial records and properties of their respective barangays and to effect the turnover of the same to the incoming barangay officials before their assumption to office on November 30, 2010.

Secretary Robredo's call is in line with the Department's efforts to promote transparent and accountable local governance.

Secretary Robredo said outgoing punong barangays should create a transition team that shall take the lead in the conduct of the said inventory and ensure that these are intact and that all officials who are entrusted with the custody or control of supplies or property are held accountable for them.

The team shall also see to it that all documents such as legislative records, administrative records and supplies, transcripts of Lupon meetings and cases, Registry of Barangay Inhabitants are complete and updated, the Interior and Local Government Secretary said.

The transition team, to be chaired by the punong barangay and with a barangay kagawad, barangay secretary, barangay treasurer, SK Chairman, bookkeeper or representative from the city/municipal government as members, shall also ensure that all records of the Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) and the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) are ready for the turnover to the next set of SK officials.

All outgoing barangay officials, as primary accountable officers for all government property assigned or issued to their office, shall also be required to secure property clearance from the barangay treasurer, who shall in turn secure the same from the incoming punong barangay.

In case of loss of barangay government property occurring in transit or due to calamity, Secretary Robredo said the request for relief shall be filed with the concerned city or municipal auditor by the accountable officer within the statutory period of 30 days or of such longer period as may be allowed by the auditor.

In the same directive, Secretary Robredo also enjoined all city and municipal mayors, in the exercise of their general supervision over component barangays, to ensure that there is a smooth and orderly turnover of responsibilities for the proper use and care of government funds and properties. (PIA 8 with report from DILG 8) [top]

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