Services of barangay officials, volunteers recognized

City officials recognized the efforts, services and contributions of barangay officials, workers and volunteers in the city in the celebration of the 2021 Local government month. 

Under Resolution No. 521, series of 2021, local legislators stated that during the prevalence of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID) 2019 pandemic, the barangay forces bravely served as the city’s first line of defense and as frontliners, they were placed into test as to how they could promptly address the concerns of their respective constituents with utmost care and strategy to ensure their safety.

Further, the barangay officials, workers and volunteers were tasked to assist their constituents, especially those who are under distressed situations, do documentation and reporting and submit the same on time, encourage their constituents to follow proper health protocols and to submit themselves into inoculation in support to the city’s vaccination roll out program while maintaining active collaboration with the local government, hence, they truly deserve utmost commendation and recognition.

The council stipulated that the State recognizes the local government units as essential partners of the national government in the attainment of national goals. 

Earlier, Presidential Proclamation No. 63, series of 1992 was issued that declared every month of October as Local government month in the country in commemoration of the enactment of Republic Act (RA) 7160 otherwise known as the Local government code of 1991 as amended.

The body pointed out that the barangays as the basic political units are essential parts and has always been at the forefront of development undertakings in the local government units.

According to the resolution, the barangay officials, workers and volunteers are potential partners of the local government units and the national government in delivering basic and essential services to the people and that they are ever dependable in responding to  the development challenges within their barangays being actively attached to the grassroots level to immediately address the various concerns of their community.

As part of an established tradition, the council noted that every 10th of October, the local government recognizes the sterling efforts and high-level compliance of all barangay workers, elected officials and volunteers who have hugely contributed to the realization of the city’s collective service goals.

The council emphasized that without the presence of the barangay officials, workers and volunteers, the local government would have not been successful in cascading to the grassroots level important advisories that guided the people in strictly adhering to the ongoing implementation of minimum public health standards that allowed the city to contain the rapid surge of the deadly virus and the surge in cases triggered by the more infectious Delta variant.

At present, the city has some 128 barangays that are divided into 20 districts where the total population of the city based on the latest census that was conducted by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is around 366,000 inhabitants. — Dexter A. See