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We observe Barangay Assembly Day

tempo editorial mar292014

Residents of over 42,000 barangays nationwide will gather today in their respective localities for the first Synchronized Barangay Assembly Day for 2014. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) issued Memorandum Circular No. 2014-09 dated January 28, 2014, for the holding of Barangay Assembly Day for the first semester of Calendar Year 2014 on March 29, 2014. The DILG memorandum is pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 260, series of 2011, declaring the last Saturday of March and the second Sunday of October every year as Barangay Assembly Days.

The Barangay Assembly has served as a venue for the discussion of significant issues or concerns affecting this smallest political unit, such as disaster preparedness, solid waste management, peace and order situation, and the monitoring and strict enforcement of laws on the barangay level, among others. Punong Barangays are encouraged to deliver their State of Barangay Address (SOBA), with emphasis on Accomplishment and Financial Reports. The barangay officials may discuss other activities that they may deem necessary and appropriate.

Community residents are urged to actively take part in the assembly, which is the appropriate setting for airing issues and concerns, as well as for advancing proposals and recommendations to improve the quality of service of the local village executives.

We congratulate the barangays nationwide led by Department of the Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel A. Roxas II, and the Punong Barangay and other Officials on the occasion of its First Barangay Assembly Day for Calendar Year 2014. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!