Barangay officials witnessed reports by two councils during a special plenary at the Sangguniang Panglungsod (SP) Office on April 8.
The Peace and Order Council (POC) presented a complete set of data on the security situation of every barangay. Mr. Jose Balana, POC head, delivered the said reports before barangay chairmen. His reports include the monitored performance of barangay security personnel.
I-Patroller, a team that monitors various barangay activities, was Balana’s data source.
Barangay chairmen argued against Balana’s reports that some barangay security personnel were caught deliberately neglecting their duties. According to I-Patroller’s documentation, some barangay security personnel were caught watching television or spending their time idly during office hours.
The barangay chairmen insisted that I-Patrollers must have captured the scenes wrongly. According to them, the security personnel probably just had their break when the shots were taken.
On the other hand, Balanga Police Supt. Joel Tampis discussed the status of Balanga City Police’s operation against drug syndicates. Tampis reported success in his office’s campaign against drug abusers since they were able to bust the city’s high-profile illegal drug groups.
After some questioning, the POC reports were followed by that of the Local Development Council (LDC). LDC focused on every barangay’s master plan. City government departments also asked that their suggestions be included in the barangay master plan.
Due to City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III’s effort to create a sustainable University Town, barangay officials were tasked to create a 10-year master plan.
The said master plan should be aligned to the city’s vision of providing young people an atmosphere conducive to learning and entrepreneurship.
City Administrator and Education Committee head Rodolfo de Mesa discussed to barangay officials his office’s proposals for an effective administration. De Mesa said that to be efficient in local government administration, an office should have responsible staff that can maximize the use of modern technology.
He shared his office’s experience on the effective use of computer applications for speedy processing of documents.
He also presented the Education Committee’s plan of having a center of learning in every barangay. He encouraged barangay officials to document the cultural traits of their respective localities for posterity and education’s sake.
Other departments followed suit. Departments concerned with financial management discussed ways on how to increase revenue and maximize potential sources of income.
The Management Information Services Office (MISO) discussed the Comprehensive Barangay Information System (CBIS). CBIS is a tool for profiling communities at the barangay level. Also, data gathered through CBIS will be used in drawing the barangay’s respective master plan.
The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) urged barangay officials to enforce waste segregation in their communities. The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) presented before the plenary its efforts to produce a handbook for rescue and rehabilitation procedures.
The series of reports ended when the city’s Legal Counsel reported the city government’s efforts to establish a legal helpdesk in barangay halls.
In his speech, City Mayor Jose Enrique Garcia III urged barangay officials to implement the plans that have been presented. He also emphasized that the barangay master plan will aid the communities in attaining the vision, even after his years in office.