MORE than 42,000 barangays are expected to hold their respective Barangay Assembly Day on Sunday, the Department of the Interior and Local Government announced Saturday.
Proclamation No. 260 issued on Sept. 30, 2011 declared the last Saturday of March and the second Sunday of October 2011 and every year thereafter as barangay assembly days.
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno said the 2nd barangay assembly this year shall include the discussion of issues affecting the barangay such as illegal drugs problem, peace and order situation, disaster preparedness and solid waste management, among others.
Sueno urged barangay officials to discuss their compliance with DILG memo circulars, such as the implementation of the DILG’s Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga, allocation of a portion of the annual budget for anti-illegal drugs programs, projects, and activities and strengthening of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils.
He said barangay officials and councils are also expected to deliver their State of the Barangay Addresses which will include the presentation of their accomplishments and financial reports covering the first semester of 2016.
He also instructed barangay officials to invite members of faith-based groups within the barangay, like Ugnayanng Barangay at Simbahan, civil society and other community organizations to attend the assembly and rally for their support and involvement in project monitoring and evaluation and in advocating good local governance.
Barangay officials are also directed to undertake public awareness activities by hanging posters and banners about the conduct of the barangay assembly in conspicuous places like the barangay hall, plaza, main streets, public market or talipapa, or transport terminals.
The DILG, through its National Barangay Operations Office, is spearheading the preparations for the national barangay assembly twice every year.
The barangay assembly day on Oct. 9 is also part of the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code celebration this year.