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Gov't slates Synchronized Barangay Assembly on March 28

Manila (24 February) -- The Department of Interior and Local Government has set March 28, 2009 as the synchronized Barangay Assembly Day for all the barangays of the Philippines, pursuant to Proclamation No. 342 issued by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2003.

Proclamation No. 342 declares the last Saturday of March 2003 and the third Saturday of October 2003 and every year thereafter as Barangay Assembly Day.

Relative thereto, the Department of Interior and Local Government, in its memorandum date February 11, 2009, reminded the local government executives of certain activities that the barangay must undertake pursuant to Section 39 7(b) of the Local Government Code.

These activities include the presentation of the Accomplishment and Financial Reports from July to December 2008 and the discussion on problems, issues and concerns affecting the barangay particularly on solid waste management and the use of illegal drugs.

The barangay officials may undertake other activities they deem appropriate to get the interest of the residents to attend the barangay assembly, the DILG directive stated.

At least two weeks before the Barangay Assembly date, the barangay officials are mandated to prepare banners or posters to hanged or posted in at least three conspicuous places like the barangay hall, plaza or main street, among others.

Holding the event for years now has institutionalized people's participation in barangay governance that strengthened grassroots democracy. It is also an opportunity for officials to hear and listen to the plight of their constituents and on how to collectively address issues/problems presented.

All Barangay residents from 15 years old and above even not a registered voter in the barangay but have resided in the locality for six months are enjoined to participate in the Synchronized Barangay Assembly Day.

DILG, in the same memorandum, enjoined the provincial governors, city and municipal mayors to extend assistance to the barangays in order to ensure the successful conduct of the Barangay Assemblies on March 28. (PIA 8) [top]

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