TOWN CHIEFS ASKED TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA TO PROMOTE BARANGAY ASSEMBLY
The Department of the Interior and Local Government is urging barangay officials to use social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Twitter, to inform and remind the residents of Barangay Assembly.
In a statement, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said this will increase attendance and reach a wider audience for such gatherings.
Año said he has directed DILG field offices to promote among barangays the use of live streaming of Barangay Assembly, through Facebook Live, and to post pictures and videos of the Assembly in social media using the hashtag #barangayassembly2019.
Those elected after the May 2018 Barangay Elections will be holding their second Barangay Assembly this month since assuming their post on June 30 last year.
Barangay officials should by now have significant accomplishments and plans to report to their constituents when they hold their respective Barangay Assembly this month.
“Walong buwan na po mula nang mahalal kayo ng inyong mga botante. Sana po’y meron na kayong makabuluhang naisakatuparang programa, proyekto o ordinansa at mga planong iuulat ninyo sa inyong komunidad,” Año said.
(It has been eight months since you were elected by the voters. I hope you have a significant program, project or ordinance that you plan to report to your community.)
Holding a barangay assembly every March and October of the year is mandated by Section 397 of Republic Act No. 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991.
The law requires that there shall be a Barangay Assembly composed of all persons who are actual residents of the barangay for at least six months, at least 15 years of age or over, citizens of the Philippines, and duly registered in the list of barangay assembly members.
Año enjoins town chiefs to deliver their State of Barangay Address (SOBA) highlighting their accomplishments and financial report for the second semester of 2018, newly-enacted barangay ordinances, and their plans, programs and projects for this year.
Barangay executives are urged to discuss barangay compliance on national laws and issuances such as the functionality of the Barangay Anti – Drug Abuse Councils (BADACS), the segregation and collection of solid wastes and the creation of Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee (BESWMC), observance of Barangay Full Disclosure Policy, and registration of domestic workers in the Registry of Domestic Workers in the barangay as ordered by Batas Kasambahay.
Moreover, they are encouraged to report on the constitution and organization of barangay-based institutions namely the Barangay Development Council (BDC), Barangay Peace and Order Committee (BPOC), Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee, Lupong Tagapamayapa, Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC), and Violence against Women (VAW) Desk.
“For barangay within the Manila Bay Watershed Area, they are prodded to urge their barangay residents to participate in clean-up drive of esteros, waterways and tributaries within the barangay,” Año said in Memorandum Circular No. 2019-32.
Año pointed out that there is a corresponding administrative complaint against barangay officials who fail to conduct a barangay assembly may be filed by any resident of the barangay, concerned citizen, governmental or non-governmental entity before the sangguniang panlungsod or sangguniang bayan concerned pursuant to Section 61 of the Local Government Code or to the Office of the Ombudsman pursuant to Administrative Order No. 07 or the “Rules of Procedure of the Office of the Ombudsman” dated April 10, 1990.
The theme of the Barangay Assembly Day for the first semester of 2019 to be conducted on any of the Saturdays or Sundays of this month is “Barangay Natin, Sama-Samang Paunlarin!