City barangay officials, workers recognized

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City officials recognized the efforts, services and contributions of all barangay officials and workers in the city in celebration of the Local Government Month this year.

Under Resolution No. 568, series of 2020, city officials stated that during the ongoing health crisis caused by the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, barangay officials and workers were tapped as the country’s first line of defense to effectively and efficiently address the concerns of their constituents with utmost care and strategy to ensure the safety of their constituents through the formulation of emergency health response teams, imposition of voluntary quarantine for those who travelled outside the city, provision of basic necessities for the barangays under lockdown and monitoring constituents for them to strictly adhere to basic health protocols, thus, the barangay officials and workers’ deserve utmost commendation and recognition for their unwavering and uncompromising efforts.

As part of the traditional celebration of Barangay Day every October 10, the city recognized the efforts and compliance of the barangay officials and workers, elected and appointed, to meet the expectations of their constituents and contribute to the realization of a better Baguio even before the health pandemic that virtually placed everything in standstill.

The State also recognized the local government units as partners of the national government in the attainment of national goals for the general welfare of the majority of the populace.

The council stipulated that the barangays, being the basic political unit in the country, are essential parts and has always been at the forefront of local development undertakings in the various local government units over the past several decades.

According to the council, the barangay officials and workers are potent in delivering basic and essential services to the people and are able and dependable in responding to the development challenges in their barangays as they closely attached to the grassroots thus can immediately address the various concerns of their community.

Aside from the aforesaid duties and functions that barangay officials and workers discharged during the implementation of the Luzonwide lockdown, they were also instrumental in the identification of the beneficiaries of the government’s social amelioration program (SAP) and the distribution of the benefits of the qualified recipients, among other related jobs that were cascaded to them by the local and national governments.

In the city, the previous city council passed an ordinance that fixed the date of the celebration of Barangay Day every October 10 in time for the annual celebration of the anniversary of the enactment into law of Republic Act (RA) 7160 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines.

However, the aforesaid celebration was cancelled this year because of the prevailing community quarantine. By Dexter A. See

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