Render report to constituents, DILG reminds village chiefs in the Observance of BarangayAssembly

LEGAZPI CITY Mar 04 – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) expects elected barangay executives in Albay to deliver their State of Barangay Address (SOBA) highlighting the Accomplishment of the 2nd Semester of CY 2019; Financial Report for the 2nd Semester CY 2019; Plans, programs and projects for CY2020; and Newly enacted barangay ordinances.

This was disclosed by Olivio Ramirez – DILG Bicol Local Government Monitoring and Evaluation Division Chief in an interview with DZGB News. The DILG issues a Memorandum Circular (MC) every semester to remind punong barangays on the conduct of the Barangay Assembly Day. On any day of the Saturdays or Sundays of March with the theme: “Barangay: Kaagapay sa Matiwasay at Ligtas na Pamumuhay”.

The holding of Barangay Assembly every March and October is mandated by Section 397 of the Local Government Code of 1991 or the Republic Act No. 7160. 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, citizens of the Philippines and duly registered in the list of barangay assembly members.

Ramirez said that during the conduct of their respective barangay assembly day, every barangay is encouraged to inform the residents about the national laws and ordinances  as emphasized in DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2020-041 relative to:
                a) DILG Memorandum Circular 2020-27 or Road Clearing 2.0;
                b) DILG Memo Circular 2020-018  and Memorandum Circular 2020-023                          regarding guides to action against 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19);
                c) DILG advisory on strengthened measures to mitigate effects of African  
                    Swin Fever;
                d) RA 9003 or Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000;
                e) RA Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government 
                    Service Delivery Act of 2018;
                f) Executive Order No. 70 series of 2018 re: Campaign to End Local 
                    Communist Armed Conflict;  
                g) RA 10361 or Batas Kasambahay;
                h) DILG -DDB Joint Memorandum Circular 2018-01 pertaining to the 
                    functionality of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs);
                i) DILG Memorandum Circular No,. 2014-81 re: Posting of Barangay 
                   Budget, Statement of Income and Expenditures and other Barangay                               Financial Transactions  and Annual Procurement Plan.

The agency also encourages every barangay to discuss the proposals of the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Constitutional Reform. In connection therewith, all barangays are enjoined to conduct a signature campaign in order to gather support from the participants in favor of the constitutional reform.

It also encourages barangays to livestream their barangay assembly via Facebook Live. 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 Sanguniang Bayan concerned pursuant to Section 61 of the Local Government Code or 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.

Posting or hanging of Barangay Assembly posters or banners in conspiscuous place in teh barangay like the barangay hall, plaza, mainstreet, transport terminals, and market or talipapa is also encourage as part of their preparatory activities.

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