Bgy officials reminded to submit reports, conduct Barangay Assembly Day

March 08, 2019

ALL barangay top officials are reminded to submit accomplishments and plans to their constituents at the next barangay assembly.

Holding of Barangay Assembly is scheduled every March and October of the year under Section 397 of the Local Government Code of 1991 or the Republic Act 7160.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said  by now, barangay chief executives should already have their respective reports on what have they done in the past eight months.

Año also urged those within the Manila Bay Watershed area to encourage their residents to participate in the clean-up drive of esteros, waterways and tributaries within the barangay.

“Walong buwan na po mula nang mahalal kayo ng inyong mga botante. Sana po’y mayroon na kayong makabuluhang naisakatuparang programa, proyekto o ordinansa at mga planong iuulat ninyo sa inyong komunidad,” Año said.

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 or over, citizens of the Philippines, and duly registered in the list of barangay assembly members.

For its part, the DILG issues a Memorandum Circular (MC)  to remind punong barangays on the conduct of a Barangay Assembly Day.

The specific dates in March and October are set by the MC issued by the DILG as to when the barangays are expected to conduct their respective barangay assemblies.

However, in October last year, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 599 declaring Saturdays and Sundays of March and October of every year as Barangay Assembly Days. All barangays  must hold their respective barangay assemblies for each semester on any of the aforesaid days.

By now, barangay top officials should tell the people about the financial reports and other accomplishments or have they enacted any ordinances during the past eight months aside from their plans, programs and projects for 2019.

Barangay officials are also told to discuss their compliance on national laws especially in the fight against illegal drugs wherein each has their own Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

According to the DIG, each barangay must also  report on issues such as the segregation and collection of solid wastes and the creation of Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee (BESWMC) among others.

Año warned barangay execs of corresponding administrative sanctions if they fail to conduct a barangay assembly.