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Outstanding Naga barangay council to be named Monday

OUTSTANDING BARANGAY COUNCILS. Naga City Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion (center, with microphone), along with members of the awards committee, announces to members of the local media  the forthcoming final awarding rites for the city’s outstanding barangay councils on Dec. 14 at Villa Caceres Hotel with all the officials of the city’s 27 barangays in attendance, The members of the awards committee are (l-r): SP Secretary Gil de la Torre, Joe Perez of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Executive Director Renne Gumba of the JMR Institute of Local Governance, and Prof. Kinjie Jimenea of the University of Nueva Caceres.  SP NAGA PHOTO

OUTSTANDING BARANGAY COUNCILS. Naga City Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion (center, with microphone), along with members of the awards committee, announces to members of the local media the forthcoming final awarding rites for the city’s outstanding barangay councils on Dec. 14 at Villa Caceres Hotel with all the officials of the city’s 27 barangays in attendance, The members of the awards committee are (l-r): SP Secretary Gil de la Torre, Joe Perez of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Executive Director Renne Gumba of the JMR Institute of Local Governance, and Prof. Kinjie Jimenea of the University of Nueva Caceres. SP NAGA PHOTO

NAGA CITY — The Office of Vice Mayor Nelson Legacion of the Sangguniang Panglunsod here will announce on Monday, Dec. 14, the winners in the 1st Outstanding Barangay Council Award under the city government’s “Empowerment & Advancement of Barangays on Local LEgislation (ENABL2E) Program.”

The announcement will be made during fitting ceremonies to be held at Villa Caceres Hotel on the said date.

Vice Mayor Legacion said that DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento has been invited as the awards night’s guest of honor and speaker.

The program, a brainchild of the vice mayor, has two major goals, namely, to: 1) engage the barangay officials in promoting transparency, accountability and people-participation in governance processes; and, 2) strengthen the partnership between and among the officials of the city government and of the 27 barangay governments.

The ENABL2E Program generally focuses on enabling barangay officials to better participate in legislative sessions, to craft responsive legislation and rational regulatory policies, and to become advocates of good governance.

As part of its monitoring activities, a search for outstanding barangay councils in terms of local legislation has been launched with P1M worth of project and a plaque as the grand prize.

An awards committee has been created for the purpose with the following duties:
1) Craft and implement guidelines on the efficient implementation of the Outstanding Sangguniang Barangay Award;
2) Review and suggest amendments, if necessary, in the criteria provided in this ordinance;
3) Conduct random visitation and observation of the deliberations (sessions or committee hearings or both) being conducted by the 27 barangay councils of Naga
4) Review, validate, evaluate and select the Outstanding Sangguniang Barangay Awardees following the criteria established in the ENABLE2E ordinance and guidelines set by the committee;
5) Submit to the Sangguniang Panlungsod not later than eighteen months after the last day of implementation of the SP Watch and SP Forum, the list of the Outstanding Sangguniang Barangay Awardees for approval and conferment; and,
6) Random visitation to barangays to observe their sessions and check the efficiency of retrieving records shall be done from June 2015 to October 2015. It was agreed that all four members of the Awards Committee, including the Chairman, should be present during each visitation. Visitation, which is unannounced, is conducted only when the Sangguniang Barangay to be visited has an on-going session.

The Awards committee has been tasked to rate the barangay councils based on the following criteria:

a. Effectiveness of Legislative Agenda. The legislative agenda of the barangay complements and supports the Executive-Legislative Agenda and thrusts of the City Government of Naga and the Republic of the Philippines. Consultations have been made in the development of the Legislative Agenda and that such Legislative Agenda of the barangay provides legislative actions on the barangay’s Investment and Development Plan

c. Effectiveness of the Legislative Tracking System. All legislative measures of the barangay are on file, properly indexed and easily retrievable. There must also be mechanisms for monitoring the implementation and impacts of local legislations

d. Efficiency of Performance. There are a number of landmark ordinances enacted. The following are considered as priorities: Annual Budget of the Barangay; Barangay Investment Plan; Barangay Revenue Code; and, Barangay i-Governance which shall include the institutionalization of a barangay website, Barangay Citizens’ Charter and other people-empowerment programs

The awarding committee will also see to it that the barangay session hall has appropriate fixtures and equipment and provide the corresponding grade; will take note of the performance of the barangay council during sessions and committee hearings. The following shall be taken into consideration in rating their performance: observance of the legislative process; observance of the parliamentary procedure, and; attendance and participation of barangay officials.

The second prize winner will be given P750,000 worth of projects and plaque, while the 3rd place winner will receive P500,000 worth of project and a plaque.

This year’s Board of Judges are composed of Renne Gumba, chief executive officer of the Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Good Governance as chairman, with SP Secretary Gil de la Torre, Prof. Kinjie Jimenea of UNC, and Joe Perez of the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry as members.

PJ Barrosa is the project coordinator.