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BAGUIO CITY – The City Council approved on first reading a proposed ordinance providing for the annual training or seminar of barangay officials on the proper implementation of ordinances, resolutions and executive or administrative orders of the local government and providing the amount of P300,000 for the said purpose.
The ordinance authored by Vice Mayor Faustino A. Olowan stated that it shall be a policy of the local government to provide for the annual training or seminar of barangay officials in the proper implementation of ordinances, resolutions, and executive or administrative orders of the local government.
The proposed training or seminar shall include lectures on the provisions of ordinances and resolutions for implementation by the barangay officials as well as executive and administrative orders issued by the City Mayor involving the barangays.
The ordinance proposed the allocation of P300,000 for the conduct of the annual training or seminar for barangay officials to cover expenses for food, training materials, venue and honorarium of resource speakers and other incidental expenses in connection with the said activity.
The ordinance tasked the Local Finance Committee to issue the certification of availability of funds for the said purpose.
The Special “Services Division of the City Mayor’s Office in coordination with the city’s 128 barangays, the City mayor’s Office and the City Council shall be tasked to ensure the sustainable implementation of the proposed legislative measure.
Further, the aforesaid offices will also be mandated to prepare the necessary implementing rules and regulations, as necessary and the scheduling of the prescribed training, selection of resource persons, and utilization of the funds as provided for the purpose.
Section 16 of Republic Act (RA) No. 7160 or the Local Government code of 1991 provided that every local government shall exercise the powers expressly granted, those necessarily implied therefrom, as well as powers necessary, appropriate, or incidental for its efficient and effective governance, and those which are essential to the promotion of the general welfare.
Olowan underscored that barangay officials are the leaders in the frontline of the government tasked to implement ordinances and resolutions as well as executive and administrative orders of the City mayor at the grassroots level.
He added that there is a need to equip the city’s barangay officials with the knowledge on how to properly implement the said laws concerning the welfare of the people so as to ensure that the same are in conformity with the purpose and direction of the local government.
According to him, providing such training or seminar would likewise equip them with the proper interpretation and information dissemination to their barangay institutions and to ensure that their constituents are aware of such existing regulations in the city.
The ordinance was referred to the appropriate committee for study and recommendation whether or not the same will be passed on second and third readings.
By Dexter A. See