DAGUPAN CITY – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) conducted an orientation program for newly elected barangay officials at the Dagupan Village Hotel from September 17 to 19.
With the theme “Grassroots Renewal Empowerment, Accountable and Transparent (GREAT) Barangays”, the seminar was geared towards orienting the newly elected barangay officials the practices for proper accountability and transparency in their barangays.
The three-day seminar included discussions on the salient features and provisions of the local government code, thrusts of the national government, principles of local legislation, roles and functions of barangay officials and the Seal of Good Local Governance for Barangays (BSGLG) among others.
Other topics discussed included community based rehabilitation programs to counter illegal drug problems, federalism, violence against women and their children (VAWC) and climate change and disaster preparedness.
Aside from tackling the main subjects, the seminar also tackled proper barangay finance administration.
In that seminar, City Auditor Abraham Junio of the Commission on Audit (COA) discussed the auditing rules and regulations of barangay funds while City Budget Officer Luz De Guzman and City Accountant Melissa Mendoza discussed about barangay budget updates and barangay financial records, respectively.
A workshop was undertaken by the barangay officials to learn more about capacity development agenda and in crafting the barangay agenda for development (BAGAD).
Meanwhile, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, in her message, underscored the importance of transparency in having an efficient government.
“Wala pong kapantay kung ang pera ng tao ay ginagmit natin sa tamang lugar. Our city has always been an example to other places because we practice good governance, ” said Fernandez.
In the same occasion, Mayor Fernandez took the opportunity to laud the remarkable performances of the barangay officials during the onslaught of Typhoon “Ompong” as their preparation and collective actions contributed to the evacuation of at least 2,503 families or 10,098 individuals to designated evacuation centers.
All these families were safely preemptively evacuated before “Ompong” could make landfall in Baggao, Cagayan.
“This actual experience will serve as our training to better prepare us for other calamities that may occur in the future,” added Fernandez. (Verdelle De Vera/CIO)