The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 13 directs all Punong Barangays in Caraga region to ensure the active involvement of Church/Faith based organizations in the simultaneous conduct of Barangay Assembly this October 12, 2014 through Memorandum dated September 29, 2014. This is to discuss the tri-partite linkage between the government, the church and barangay leaders in the partnership dubbed as Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan.

UBAS, short-term for the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan is where information, volunteerism and participation flow freely between the three stakeholders towards sustainable development. With the church and the barangay working and assisting each other in the identification of areas that require improvements in social services, together they will work in harmony in the swift delivery and completion of projects that address social issues and concerns.

The linkage began with the partnership forged by the late DILG Secretary Jesse M. Robredo and Most Reverend Bishop Antonio R. Tobias D.D. in 2011 – one that gave birth to a unique organization whose vision was to empower good governance via grassroots and interfaith participation.

Presently, Secretary Mar A. Roxas continues the legacy and empowers the development of barangays by strengthening the partnership with renewed fervor during the UBAS Convenors meeting with Liga ng mga Barangay President Atty. Edmun Abesamis, Bishop Antonio Tobias and Luis Antonio Tagle.

One of the goals of UBAS is to develop barangays as “Center of Development” by encouraging and transforming citizens into Barangay Good Governance Advocates and strengthening rapport, friendship and cooperation between the barangay. church and government for the effective delivery of social services.

This tri-partite linkage is pursuant to Section 34 of the Local Government Code which provides that local government units will promote the establishment and operation of people’s and non-government organizations to become active partners in the pursuit of local autonomy. (LGOO II Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa)

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