BUTUAN CITY, Oct. 18 -- Tasked to monitor the conduct of the barangay assemblies, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) field officers across the region consolidated the schedules of barangay assemblies and ensured compliance to the semestral assembly as stipulated in the Local Government Code (RA 7160) as an avenue for transparency, accountability and participation.
As in previous runs, the DILG regional management took part in the monitoring by observing the conduct of the assembly in showcased barangays. This semester, the showcased barangay was Taglatawan in Bayugan City, Agusan del Sur.
DILG Caraga assistant regional director Donald Seronay who headed the regional monitoring team relayed the message of DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano to the barangay officials and constituents. The message emphasized the importance of the assembly day, the fact that it recognizes the active cooperation and participation of the residents on various matters that affect them, directly or indirectly.
"Malaki ang tiwala ng Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa kakayahan ng mga barangay na maging kaagapay sa pagsasakatuparan ng ating mga mithiin para sa bayan. Sa katunayan, noong nakaraang SONA, malugod na ibinalita ng ating Pangulo ang ambag ng mga Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils o BADAC sa tagumpay ng pamahalan sa kampanya laban sa iligal na droga. Kami sa DILG ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong masigasig na pagtulong sa kampanyang ito," relayed Seronay.
Bayugan City mayor Kirk Asis also made the rounds to interact and deliver his message to the constituents. One lucky 93-year-old, the most senior among the crowd, amassed claps and cheers from the crowd when he was awarded by the mayor with P5,000 cash for making it to the barangay assembly.
Constituents in barangay Taglatawan were fortunate to hear more substantial messages from the key officials of the city such as the city health officer, city social welfare and development officer, local police, Philippine Army officers. They also listened to the Barangay Financial Status Report and the State of the Barangay Address (SOBA) of punong barangay Marianito V. De Chavez.
Consistent with the thrust of the government to promote peace and development, government efforts towards providing services that matter to the livelihood and well-being of the constituents were extensively discussed.
Two other barangays of Bayugan City, Saguma and Magkiangkiang, were also visited by other monitoring teams from the DILG regional office as these were two of the 80 priority barangays under the Duterte administration's Executive Order 70 to end local communist armed conflict.
"Samantala, gusto rin nating palakasin ang Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council na layuning siguruhin ang kaligtasan ng bawat pamayanansa mga sakuna. Hinihiling ko rin ang tulong at pakikiisa ng mga barangay sa ating adhikaing puksain na angmga mapanlinlang na teroristang komunistang grupo. Dapat malaman ng mamamayan na wala sa komunismo at pakikisali sa mga grupong ito ang progreso ng ating mga buhay at bayan. Hindi mahahanap sa kanila ang solusyon sa ating mga suliranin," mentioned Seronay as he read the message of DILG Secretary Eduardo Ano.
With the theme, "Barangay muna: Nagkakaisang barangay, kaagapay ng bansang maunlad," barangay assemblies in the region were set to be conducted on any of the Saturdays or Sundays of October 2019, as directed through the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2019-158 dated September 20, 2019. (Marilou Autor-Salado, LGOO V, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)