Over a thousand barangay officials from across Mindanao ghathered for the n4th Mindanao Congress on Tuesday at the SMX Convention Center where Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Martin Diño speaks about the proposed Magna Carta for Barangays. PNA photo by Lilian C Mellejor
DAVAO CITY – An official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has called on village executives in Mindanao to help advocate the passage of a proposed law that gives them more benefits.
DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño pointed out that the proposed Magna Carta for Barangays authored by former senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr. has languished since it was filed in the 14th Congress.
“Nakalimutan na nila ang Magna Carta (Members of Congress have forgotten the Magna Carta),” Diño told barangay officials during the 4th Mindanao Congress held at the SMX Convention Center in Davao on Tuesday.
The proposed law gives barangay officials -- including the barangay secretary, treasurer, tanods (watchmen), nutrition scholars, and health workers -- fixed compensation as well as additional allowance, medical and dental coverage and retirement benefits.
Diño said under the proposed measure, barangay chairpersons will receive a fixed salary equivalent to the monthly pay of municipal councilors. The law also calls for a longer term for barangay officials from three years to six years.
“You are performing duties and functions 24/7 addressing concerns of the constituents, from a petty quarrel to fights within the family. Yet, you are not properly compensated,” the DILG official told barangay officials.
“We are the most used and abused. We are even the most confused when the mayor is not in good terms with a congressman,” he added.
Diño, who was also a former barangay captain in Quezon City, reminded barangay officials that government projects and programs cannot move without clearance from the barangay.
“You should stand firm as a person of authority,” he said, as he vowed to help push for the approval of the Magna Carta Law.
Diño said the Magna Carta also provides an automatic share of the government’s revenue, the transfer of funds for the maintenance of roads and bridges, and make the supply of potable water, the establishment of schools, barangay halls, and health centers mandatory.