Laging Listo ang Barangay Ko: Responsive Governance through Effective Barangay Management
Brgy. Poblacion, Tupi, South Cotabato
Barangay LGUs are perceived to be mainly concerned with local conflict mediation and the issuance of various certificates. Yet Barangay Poblacion breaks away from this mold.
In 2006, the barangay LGU conceptualized a program which they presently call “Laging Listo ang Barangay Ko.” The program has seven paths of barangay goals and objectives: child-friendly governance; healthy and vibrant community; socio-economic upliftment; environmental protection and preservation; community preparedness; responsive barangay governance; and the barangay as a laboratory barangay and lakbay-aral destination.
To attain responsive governance, the LGU implemented the “Barangay sa Purok” in 2010 to provide assistance to 25 puroks. This allowed people living in far-flung areas to gain access to government services such as issuance of certificates, and at the same time allowed the LGU to collect data and tax payments. The officials also help form sectoral organizations for women, elderly and differently-abled to encourage community participation.
The LGU also conducts medical missions as well as reading sessions and supplemental feeding for the children under “Isip na Busog, Katawa’y Malusog.” The officials also bring with them a mobile library dubbed as Kariton Library.
Through the Magtanong sa Pamahalaan, purok residents are given a chance to raise issues and concerns. This enabled the LGU to be more responsive to the needs of the constituents. In 2011, a total of 585 patients were given medical check-ups and free medicines. Also, 58 residents were registered in the census and given birth certificates.
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management also became a concern of the whole community. Even the women and the children participated in mapping disaster risk areas and planning disaster evacuation and rescue procedures.
The LGU also found ways to mobilize resources and to increase its revenue which allowed it to finance other development projects including the construction of a bigger barangay hall and a day care center. It was also able to establish a riparian conservation area as part of its path to environmental protection and preservation.
The barangay provided more residents with access to safe water. There is now also heightened awareness about health and sanitation. In terms of Child Care, it has achieved a 95% accomplishment rate in the number of fully immunized children. The Kariton Library stimulated interest in reading books among the children and has encouraged enrolment in day care centers in the barangay.
Continuity of the program even beyond the current administration has been ensured through legislation. The program is now part of the Barangay Development Plan and funds are allocated for its implementation. Earnings derived from numerous awards and recognition have also been re-channelled to the program.
Today, Barangay Poblacion stands as the epitome of innovative and excellent barangay governance.