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Brgy officials told to prioritize merger plan
by PIO release

Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan urged the new set of barangay officials to prioritize the planned merger of barangays to allow all barangays to conform with the standards prescribed under Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code.

Domogan said that barangay officials should not fear their displacement because the merger will be implemented in the next term of officials.

Initial findings of the task force created to study the ideal number of barangays in the city showed that the number of independent barangays will range from 34 to 50 depending on what will be agreed during future consultations.

There will be three to seven barangays in the present composition that can exist as independent barangays during the implementation of the merger.

Under the law, a barangay must have a minimum population of at least 5,000 individuals and a punong barangay can be compensated with an honoraria equivalent to Salary Grade 12 in the government’s salary scale.

Barangay kagawads and other appointed officials will be allowed to claim an honorarium of not more than the salary of personnel in the scale of salary grade 10.

Aside from improving the compensation of barangay officials, Domogan said that one of the advantages of the merger will be their ability to fund a huge portion of their priority development projects and improve the delivery of basic services because of the increase in their Internal Revenue Allotment and from external sources of funds.

Because of the increase in their compensation and the wider scope of their jurisdiction, Domogan said that being a barangay official should be a full time job unlike in the present set up in which a number of officials have other jobs to augment their honorarium, which results in the poor delivery of services.

The proposed merger is traced back to 1997 where previous barangay officials tried to merge the barangays to 52 but most of the officials then were not in favor of the merger plan because of issues on jurisdiction and the displacement of incumbent officials.

Domogan said that the enactment of an ordinance detailing how the barangays will be merged will be sufficient. The merger will be subjected to a referendum after the conduct of information, education, and communication campaign.

 

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