Aquino lauds first Barangay Assembly Day
Manila (13 December) -- President Benigno S. Aquino III joined community leaders in the country's estimated 42,000 barangays in their commitment to promote good governance at the grassroots level as part of the 2010 Barangay Assembly Day nationwide on Saturday.
The President led Barangay Chairman Edgardo Aguas and the councilmen of Barangay Central Plaza, Tarlac city in reciting the "Panunumpa Para sa Mabuting Pamamahala Tungo sa Tuwid na Landas", the commitment of newly elected barangay officials to promote and uphold the principles of good governance in the barangays.
Last month, the President issued Proclamation No. 74 declaring Dec. 11, 2010 as Barangay Assembly Day throughout the country pursuant to the 1991 Local Government Code which requires the conduct of a barangay assembly every first Saturday of March and the third Saturday of October.
However, the scheduled barangay assembly last Oct. 16 was postponed due to its proximity to the synchronized barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on Oct. 25.
The President said he is happy in joining all the barangay leaders nationwide in the first barangay assembly under his administration which provides opportunities for the newly elected community leaders to sit down with their constituents to discuss issues and lay down their plans and programs for the next three years.
"Ang mandato ng mabuting pamamahala ay nagsisimula sa pamayanan. Itinulak nain ang eleksyon dahil naniniwala tayo sa kahalagahan ng isang barangay, lalo na sa kakayahan nitong gabayan ang kanyang nasasakupan," the President said.
As part of good governance, the President said barangay leaders must lead by example and transparently present to their constituents their planned programs and projects, including the financial status of the barangay.
The President said barangay leaders must also quickly respond and provide efficient public service, particularly for their needy constituents.
Among those present were Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo who earlier issued a memorandum circular entitled "Guideposts in Promoting and Sustaining Barangay Good Governance" aimed at making the barangays an active partner of the national government in addressing poverty and eradicating graft and corruption.
Chairman Aguas also presented to the President his barangay agenda such as the planned provision of livelihood, rehabilitation of barangay roads, and jobs generation, among others.
The President broke the good news that he will be meeting with an investor who is keen on putting up a garments factory in Tarlac which is expected to generate some 3,500 jobs when the venture opens hopefully in the second quarter of 2011.
Among those present were some 1,000 residents and local officials led by Tarlac Governor Victor Yap, 2nd District Rep. Susan Yap-Sulit and City Mayor Gelacio Manalang. (PCOO thru PIA 3) [top]