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New set of barangay, SK officials assume office on November 30

Tacloban City (November 30) -- The re-elected and newly-elected village and youth officials in the 41,995 barangays all over the Philippines start their three year term of office at noon of November 30 pursuant to Section 2 of Republic Act 9340.

Of the officials assuming the posts to which they were elected in the October 25, 2010 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, 336,000 are barangay officials and an equal number are Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials.

Every barangay should have elected one Punong Barangay and seven kagawad and one SK chairman and seven kagawad.

The barangay and SK officials, being in the frontline of public service and have direct links with the people in the grassroots should not only be dynamic and effective in the performance of public duties but also lead the example in rendering service to their constituents.

The barangay and SK officials represent a vital link in public governance and they can do a lot for the good of the community especially in the rural areas.

The Sangguniang Barangay (SB), as the legislative body of the barangay, could enact ordinances as may be necessary to discharge the responsibilities conferred upon it by law or ordinance and to promote the general welfare of the inhabitants in the village, she said.

The SB could also enact tax and revenue ordinances, subject to the limitation imposed by the Local Government Code, and provide for the construction and maintenance of barangay facilities and other public works projects chargeable to the general fund of the barangay or such other funds actually available for the purpose.

The SB could likewise, regulate the use of multipurpose halls, multi-purpose pavements, grain or copra dryers, patios and other posts-harvest facilities with government funds within the jurisdiction of the barangay and charge reasonable fees for their use.

The Punong Barangay can also be authorized by SB to enter into contracts on behalf of the barangay, and prescribes fines in amounts not exceeding P1,000 at any one time for the ordinary and essential administrative needs of the barangay.

In the case of the SK, it is empowered to promulgate resolutions necessary to carry out the objectives of the youth in the barangay in accordance with the Local Government Code; and to initiate programs designed to enhance the social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, moral, spiritual, and physical development of members.

The SK is also empowered to coordinate with the Presidential Council for Youth Affairs (PCYA) and other agencies concerned for the implementation of youth development projects and programs at the national level.

Other powers and functions can also be exercised by the SK as the Sangguniang Barangay may determine or delegate or as may be prescribed by law or ordinance. (PIA 8) [top]

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