Institutionalization of Purok Centers/Dapayans
Pinili, Ilocos Norte
Indifference towards community responsibility, lack of unity, prevalence of inter-family conflicts and problems concerning peace and order once characterized Pinili's 25 barangays. To address this problem, the LGU subdivided each barangay into several puroks headed by a kagawad. Each purok acts as an implementing arm of the barangay with a Dap-ayan (purok center) or a mushroom shaped structure that serves as its headquarters. It is erected by purok members through their own resources, initiative, creativity, unity and resourcefulness. Regular monthly meetings, adjudication processes, barangay tanod planning, one-stop information center for government policies and projects both local and national, livelihood seminars, bible studies and celebration of the holy mass are held in the dap-ayans. It also serves as reading center and classroom for non-formal classes, workshops and other social functions.
The purok centers or dap-ayans are managed by elected officers with one or two kagawads as advisers. Officials of these centers are also members of the municipal development council, health board, school board and law enforcement board. Dap-ayans exist in 25 barangays with an average membership of 32 households. Each Dap-ayan formulates its own policies and has organized its own purok tanods to monitor peace and order and to maintain the clean and green program of the LGU. It also implements various socioeconomic projects based on the decision of its members. There are membership fees, penalties due to absences and failure to perform assigned tasks formulated in their own dialect. Through the Purok system, Pinili was able to assume responsibility to safeguard peace and order, cleanliness and settling of disputes without extra costs to the LGU. Two important values can be learned from this program: governance is not only the business of government but more importantly of the people, and that people's acceptance of this responsibility to govern can change their lives for the better.
This program is recognized as a Trailblazing Program, a finalist for the 1999 Galing Pook Awards.