By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
DEPARTMENT of Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Iloilo City Director Ferdinand Panes encouraged barangay officials to participate in the Barangay Newly Elected Officials (BNEO) orientation program.
“Ang akon office in coordination with the Liga ng mga Barangay and the City government of Iloilo, nag-come up na sang isa ka activity design and program based sa module sang DILG regional office so this will be conducted by batch kay kadamu sang aton participants,” Panes said.
According to Panes, 14 barangays already responded to the first batch of training that started August 8, 2018 at EON Centennial Hotel.
“We are expecting 11 per barangay and that’s more or less 1,980 so ang ginhimo naton, gin-divide naton sila tag 140 per batch so approximately matapos naton ina after 15 batches,” he added.
Panes said barangay officials should train so they will be aware of their basic functions and at the same time address their concerns on different issues.
“No reason for you not to attend as it is your commitment to your constituents when you campaign and funds for this purpose were assured to be included in your 2018 annual budget,” noted Panes.
The orientation program, which is one of the major programs of the DILG for the newly elected and appointed barangay officials, aims to orient the officials of their powers, duties, and responsibilities.
Panes said that the training would also involve orientations on Barangay Legislation, Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC) and Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC) functions, Procurement, Code of Conduct and ethical standards, Barangay Planning and Barangay Budgeting.
The DILG invited several speakers from Budget, Accounting, Planning, and Treasurer’s offices.
Panes also revealed that the Commission on Audit may team up for the first time for the program and assured that they are very much welcome for the possible collaboration.
Already on its third year of implementation, the DILG targets to finish the BNEO Program among the 180 barangays in Iloilo City by October.