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DILG to orient newly elected barangay officials

First Posted 12:23:00 01/25/2008

THE orientation program for the barangay newly-elected officials (NEOs) in the Central Visayas is set to begin on the first week of February.

The simultaneous orientation trainings for the key officials and field officers of the Department of Interior and Local Government in Central Visayas (DILG-7) will take place next week.

With the tasks ahead in the barangays, DILG-7 director Pedro Noval Jr. said ?the DILG-7 is ready to provide the new Barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan (SK) officials with the skills and orientation seminars and workshops on how to deal with their jobs and the reelected officials with a refresher.?

The program, which will run until the end of February, aims to assist the officials in their tasks as policy maker, program planner, implementer and provider of basic services and facilities in their respective barangays.

It will be conducted in three parts by the DILG, in collaboration with the DILG regional offices and in partnership with the local government units (LGUs), the local resource institutes, the media and other stakeholders.

The DILG-7 will employ the Team Approach on Coordinated Tasks (TACT) strategy and workplace training wherein the TACT Cluster Teams composed of the DILG-7 field officers will be going to every LGU belonging to the cluster of municipalities and cities to conduct the trainings.

The general orientation on barangay governance and development aims to enhance the competencies of barangay officials in the basics of governance.

The topics include the barangay government structure and organization, barangay powers and services, duties, functions and benefits of barangay officials, basics of barangay development planning, barangay finance and barangay legislation.

A tool to carry all these out is through a Radyo Aralan, in which, the participants are made to listen to a recorded tape from which reflections and sharing of views and experiences are allowed.

The barangay NEO likewise sees into strengthening the barangay based institutions such as the Barangay Development Council, Barangay Peace and Order Committee, Barangay Disaster Coordinating Council and the Lupong Tagapamayapa.

The NEO program is in line with the DILG's commitment to the Philippine Development Forum to come up with a holistic capacity development intervention that will help local governments, including the barangays, come up with a term-based development road map consistent with the current development agenda of the national government.

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