DILG: Barangay assembly to discuss COVID-19, trike ban

March 09, 2020

THIS month’s barangay assembly is important with the  rising corona virus disease (COVID-19) cases  as well as the ban on tricycles on national highways as the important issues to be discussed.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said  the two national concerns will be the priorities in the  assembly.

Mandated by Section 397 of the Local Government code of 1991, the barangay assembly is a biannual meeting held on any Saturday and Sunday of March and October.

Barangay officials should tackle precautionary measures that will be taken to prevent COVID-19 while issues on tricycle ban also needs to be answered and addressed since it affects the livelihood and daily concerns of the poor families.

As of yesterday, four other COVID-19 cases, were reported bringing to 10 the number of affected individuals in the country.

Two were from Pasig, one was from Quezon City and another case was from Marikina.

“Mahalaga rin na maipaliwanag sa kanila ang mga pag-iingat na kailangan gawin para makaiwas sa COVID-19 upang hindi ito kumalat sa kanilang barangay,” Año said.

As for the tricycle ban, the DILG chief said: “Inaasahan nating maipapaunawa sa mga residente ng barangay na kadalasang sumasakay sa mga tricycle na kaligtasan ng mga drayber, ng mga pasahero at ng publiko ang mahalaga kung bakit kailangang ipatupad ang ban na ito.”

With  theme “Barangay: Kaagapay sa Matiwasay at Ligtas na Pamumuhay,” barangay officials  hold barangay assemblies to promote accountability, transparency, and interaction among them and their constituents.  

Residents of the barangay for at least six months to 15 years of age or over, citizens of the Philippines, and duly registered in the list of barangay assembly members can attend the assembly.

Año said an urgent discussion of community issues such as the Road-Clearing 2.0, the trike ban, and COVID-19 would be timely “so that residents are not left in the dark and are aware of the government’s countermeasures.”

Latest DOH data indicated that nearly 89,000 people around the world are currently afflicted with coronavirus.