DAGUPAN CITY– Residents in every barangay can once again express their concerns and issues in the community in a public forum dubbed as ‘Barangay Assembly’ right in their villages.
Presidential Proclamation No. 260 mandates the holding of a Barangay Assembly Day on the last Saturday of March and on the second Sunday of October every year.
In Pangasinan, the synchronized Barangay Assembly Day shall be conducted in the 1,364 barangays of the province, said Provincial Director Reggie Colisao of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
“The barangay assembly is the perfect avenue and opportunity for the barangay officials to update their constituents on their accomplishments last year and in the first quarter of this year and discuss their upcoming plans for the next quarter,” Colisao said.
Colisao said that for this year, DILG aims to showcase one barangay per region but for Region I, all provinces shall showcase one barangay each.
Colisao said all residents aged 18 years old and above are enjoined to attend and participate in the barangay assemblies. Agenda of the assembly include the accomplishments and plans for disaster risk management, solid waste management and peace and order. The financial state of the community must also be reported by the village chiefs, she added.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas earlier called on the officials of more than 42,000 barangays nationwide to report their accomplishments and plans to their “bosses’’ on the scheduled date.
Roxas also rallied barangay officials to be more creative and undertake activities that will encourage more participation from their constituents. (VHS/PIA-1Pangasinan)