Barangays in Iligan city have complied the mandatory conduct of Barangay Assembly for the first semester set March 25 this year.
According to Elizabeth Buna, local government operations officer of the Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) Iligan City, all the 44 barangays in the city have joined the nationwide Barangay Assembly Day.
Buna said, through this Assembly, barangay constituents would be informed on how barangay officials are spending barangay funds, and this is the proper venue to discuss community concerns. The punong barangay or the barangay chairman this time would report updates on programs and projects for calendar year 2016 second semester.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Punong Barangay Rodel Ocana of Bagong Silang, he said each Barangay Kagawad has their time to report according to the committee chairmanship they are assigned to.
But we focused our discussion to this year’s theme, ”Sulong Barangay Kontra Droga, Krimen at Katiwalian: Makialam! Makilahok! Makiisa!” the barangay chairman said.
With the DILG’s MASA MASID program, a barangay-based anti-criminality, anti-corruption, and anti-illegal drugs program that encourages volunteerism at the community level, we are guided now on how to do about our surrenderers under the Project Double Barrel of the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Iligan City Police office (ICPO).
MASA MASID stands for Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga.
Ocana said, they also discussed the peace and order situation of the barangay, disaster preparedness, and other concerns like No Parking Ordinance; Barangay Construction Clearance; No Zone Certification, No Barangay Clearance Policy for Renters Data requirement; Laws which relates to the protection of women and children.
Further, the problem on solid waste management especially on collection and garbage disposal; clogging up of canals due to plastics thrown that caused flood in most of the streets in the barangay. We shall go on with our dredging of canal/drainage, to keep us out of flood that we oftentimes experience in a 30-minute rain, Ocana pointed out.
Some barangays, meanwhile, invited speaker to talk on salient features of federalism to promote public awareness and understanding of a federal form of government.
Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991 requires barangays to hold a Barangay Assembly Day every last Saturday of March and second Sunday of October to give their constituents a chance to hear the developments and discuss concerns in their community. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)
***photos from DILG X of Brgy Carmen assembly***