Issue of November 9, 2014

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Greenwater Village barangay holds second semester assembly
by Cris L. Rimando

Greenwater Village of Baguio City is one of the 1,175 barangays in the Cordillera that started the round of second semester barangay assemblies last Oct. 12.

Punong Barangay Magdalena Lambac told the constituents who attended the event that despite their limited funds, which come mostly from their Internal Revenue Allotment, their barangay is peaceful and orderly.

One of the challenges besetting the barangay includes restraining young people from loitering at night. Lambac said a curfew has been implemented to curb this.

Another is how to cope with stray dogs. She requested pet owners to be responsible.

Vice Mayor Ed Bilog presented the proposed tax increase and enjoined everyone to participate in the public hearings regarding the proposal.

Councilor Joel Alangsab supported the move, adding this will bring in more benefits than by the existing tax scheme. 

In a message read by Department of the Interior and Local Government Baguio City Director Evelyn B. Trinidad, Sec. Mar Roxas emphasized active people participation and enjoined citizens to be part of participatory governance, from suggesting policies to monitoring projects.

DILG Assistant Regional Director Jonathan Paul M. Leusen, Jr. encouraged the audience to appreciate the positive effects of projects that are closely monitored by stakeholders.

One of the featured topics in this semester’s assembly is the Ugnayang barangay at simbahan, sa partnership of the church, the Liga ng mga Barangay ng Pilipinas, and the DILG in support to the daang matuwid advocacy. 

The partnership is seen to be instrumental in Grassroots Participatory Process, where DILG taps civil society groups to keep track of government spending and how local government officials spend public funds.

The Local Government Code provides there should be a barangay assembly composed of persons who are actual residents of the barangay for at least six months, at least 15 years old, citizens of the Philippines, and duly registered as a barangay assembly member.

The barangay assembly shall meet at least twice a year to hear and discuss the semestral report of the sangguniang barangay concerning its activities and finances as well as problems affecting the barangay.

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