December 11 Barangay Assembly Day highlights transparency, good governance
Tacloban City (December 4) -- Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 74 of President Benigno S. Aquino III declaring a nationwide conduct of barangay assembly on December 11, 2010, the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo has issued guidelines for the conduct of the activity.
DILG Memo Circular 2010-137 signed by Secretary Robredo provides guidelines to be followed in the synchronized barangay assembly.
Barangay officials are directed to lead in the recitation of the "Panunumpa para sa Mabuting Pamamahala sa Tuwid na Landas.
The recitation of the "Panunumpa" reaffirms the officials' commitment to uphold barangay governance and to show their solidarity with the program "Biyaheng Pinoy: Tapat na Palakad, Bayang Maunlad" of the Department of the Interior and Local Government which is a year-long series of activities celebrating twenty (20) years local autonomy in the Philippines.
Barangay officials are also directed to discuss DILG Memo Circular 2010-122 on Guideposts in Promoting and Sustaining Good Barangay Governance.
DILG MC 2010-122 calls on barangay officials to observe the four tenets of good barangay governance, namely transparency, responsiveness, accountability and participation; specifically on those involving financial records such as posting of Itemized Monthly Collections and Disbursement in prominent places.
Barangays may also hold appropriate activities to create awareness and participation such as tiangge, cultural presentations, and preparing banners or posters announcing the holding of the barangay assembly.
Secretary Robredo further sought the support of Governors and Mayors in harnessing compliance and extending assistance for the conduct of barangay assemblies.
"The conduct of the assembly affords the newly elected and appointed barangay officials to sit down with their constituents and discuss with them pressing issues and concerns in their barangay as well as the plans and program they wish to carry out in the next three years," Secretary Robredo said.
Sections 397 and 398 of the Local Government Code of 1991 (RA 7160) provides that the barangay assembly days are supposed to be held at least twice a year, to hear and discuss the semestral report of the sangguniang barangay concerning its activities and finances, as well as problems affecting the barangay.
However, due to the closeness of second semester barangay assembly (October 16) to the October 25 elections many barangays were unable to follow this provision of the law. (PIA 8) [top]