FILIPINOS, 15 years of age and over, meet this month for their bi-annual “Barangay Assembly” to discuss vital national and local issues that affect the people’s livelihood and other daily concerns.
Held on any Saturday and Sunday of March and October, the day-long gathering of residents and their village officials is mandated by the landmark 1991 Local Government Code (LGC) of the Philippines.
The holding of these local assemblies is aimed at promoting accountability, transparency and interaction among barangay officials and employees and residents.
Theme of this year’s assembly is “Barangay: Kaagapay sa Matiwasay at Ligtas na Pamumuhay,” according to Secretary Eduardo M. Año of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
Two national concerns— the deadly corona virus disease (COVID-19) and the tricycle ban on national highways —are among those expected to be discussed during the assembly, said the DILG head.
Data from the Department of Health (DoH), headed by Secretary Francisco Duque III, showed that more than 90,000 people throughout the globe, including Filipinos, are afflicted with COVID-19.
“Mahalaga rin na maipaliwanag sa kanila ang mga pag-iingat na kailangang gawin para makaiwas sa COVID-19 upang hindi ito kumalat sa kanilang barangay,” said Año, a retired military general.
During the assembly, village officials will also review their achievements and discuss their plans, said Pancho M. Dingle, who was a councilman of Pindangan East, Alcala, Pangasinan for 12 years.
What is important is for barangay personnel to remain steadfast and resolute in attaining their dream: The speedy socio-economic development of their community, according to Dingle.
We share the view of well-meaning Filipinos that barangay officials and employees are among the country’s treasures because they work almost 24 hours a day throughout the year.