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Del Rosario enjoins broader sectoral participation in barangay dev't

by Noel Baguio

Davao City (1 September) -- In line with his efforts of developing the barangays, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario signed a new executive order urging broader sectoral involvement in crafting community development plans and programs.

Gov. del Rosario recently issued Executive Order No. 009, series of 2010, which enjoined all barangays within the Province of Davao del Norte to organize their own Expanded Barangay Development Council (EBDC) that will work hand-in-hand with the Sangguniang Barangay (SB).

The BDCs are being reorganized in preparation for the formulation of 5-year development plans of the barangays, where they get ample technical and logistical support from the provincial government.

As provided under the Local Government Code (LGC) of 1991, the BDC acts as the planning body of the barangay, assisting the SB in setting the direction for economic and social development, as well as in coordinating development efforts within the village.

Since the province is refocusing its priority on human development, people empowerment and public-private partnership, the governor said the barangays as basic political units should align their plans, strategies, and delivery of services with the new thrust of the province.

Del Rosario said a broader segment of society should regularly and actively participate in barangay development deliberations "to galvanize mass base support of our government programs".

He revealed the province now requires all project proposals coming from the barangays to be accompanied with an approved BDC resolution.

The Governor's E.O. 009 also enjoined the barangays to adopt the Provincial Sustainable Integrated Area Development (PSIAD) process, as provided under Provincial Ordinance No. 2008-003.

The PSIAD approach urges participatory approaches in the formulation of executive and legislative measures and process, as well as in the delivery of social services.

Del Rosario's directive also requires the barangays to align their plans, strategies, and delivery of services with the framework on human development, people empowerment and public-private partnership.

According to the LGC, the BDC shall be headed by the Punong Barangay and shall be composed of members of the Sangguniang Barangay; a representative of the congressman; and, representatives of non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in the barangay, which constitute not less than 25 percent of the council members.

With the new directive of the governor, the EBDCs in Davao del Norte now also include the purok leaders, BHW president, barangay nutrition scholar, and a representative each from the BPLK, day care workers, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, indigenous groups, women sector, out-of-school youth, cooperatives, registered/accredited associations, business sector, academe and other non-government and people's organizations.

The Provincial Administrator's Office has since been conducting participatory barangay development planning workshops around the province, facilitating the preparation of 5-year barangay development plans.

Del Rosario said the revitalization of the BDCs is in line with the thrust of President Benigno Aquino III.

He said the new government truly recognizes the crucial role of the BDCs in the development of the barangay, being the basic political unit of the government.

"The Barangay Development Council has a great role to play as it guarantees the ordinary residents can actively participate in crucial decisions that work for the good of their own community," del Rosario earlier said.

He noted BDC members will now have the opportunity to push for projects that will truly benefit the marginalized sectors, and to make the community more self-reliant and less dependent on outside assistance. (PIA) [top]

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