Along with 42,036 barangays in the country, the 1,311 barangays in Region 13 (Caraga) is set to conduct the Barangay Assembly today – October 9, 2016 as announced by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) through DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2016-124 enjoining all barangays to conduct a Barangay Assembly pursuant to Section 397(b) of Republic Act No. 7160, known as the Local Government Code.

            In the region, DILG Field Officers and select DILG Regional Personnel monitors the conduct of Barangay Assembly. With the theme: “Para sa Isang Tunay na Pagbabago, Mag-MASID, Makisali at Makiisa sa Isang Maka-MASAng Asembleya,” DILG encouraged the communities to participate in the discussions affecting the barangay particularly in the fight against illegal drugs, disaster preparedness activities, solid waste management and the peace and order situation in their respective areas.

            Regional Director Lilibeth A. Famacion, CESO III of DILG Region 13 (Caraga) has directed all Punong Barangays in the region to conduct Barangay Assembly highlighting the presentation of accomplishments, financial reports and issues and concerns by the Punong Barangay through the State of the Barangay Address (SOBA). Director Famacion stressed the involvement of community participation in all the undertakings of the barangay especially in the programs of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in the campaign against illegal drugs and in the fight against criminality. 

           In a directive, Secretary of the Interior and Local Government (SILG) Ismael D. Sueno enjoined barangay officials to discuss their compliance to other DILG memo circulars such as the implementation of the MASA-MASID program of the DILG, which means: “Mamamayang Ayaw Sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga”, allocation of a portion of the annual budget for anti-illegal drugs programs, projects, and activities and strengthening of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Councils (BADACs).

           Proclamation No. 260 issued on September 30, 2011 declared the last Saturday of March and the second Sunday of October 2011 and every year thereafter as barangay assembly days. The barangay assembly day on Oct. 9 is also part of the 25th anniversary of the Local Government Code celebration this year. (Florian Faith Jr. P. Bayawa, LGOO V, DILG 13)

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