I attended barangay assemblies for years without even asking a question to the honorable experts who had reported their chairmanship of responsibilities for good governance… As I knew, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) did set guidelines in the Barangay Fund Management that for me should also be the basis for reporting in the barangay assembly.
I attentively observed to the usual reports of the barangay captain, barangay committee chairpersons down to the concise report of the Lupon ng Barangay chairman. With their well-prepared speeches; those words might prove to their expertise in reporting on …. on-going and accomplished projects, programs and services. Budget allocations for those projects should be mentioned and its resolutions should be recognized to the public which would basically reflect to its barangay fund management.
All barangays should follow the rules, like, the DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-23, with the subject: Conduct of Barangay Assembly of the First Semester of CY 2013; that pursuant to Proclamation No. 260 dated 30 September 2011, the Barangay Assembly Day for the first semester of CY 2013 was set on March 30, 2013, Relative thereto and in accordance with Section 397(b) of the Local Government Code, every barangay would be enjoined to undertake the following activities: 1. State of Barangay Address (SOBA), with emphasis on: a) CY 2012 Second Semester Accomplishments b) CY 2012 Second Semester Financial Report to include, among others, the itemized Monthly Collections and Disbursements and the Summary of Income and Expenditures and c) Updates on CY 2013 on-going programs and projects; 2. Compliance to DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2010-149, dated December 14, 2010 re: Posting of Barangay Budget, Statement of Income and Expenditures and other Barangay Financial Transactions, and Annual Procurement Plan; 3. Discussion on issues or concerns affecting the barangay, such as but not limited to: a) Disaster Preparedness b) Solid Waste Management c) Peace and Order Situation, particularly on the proliferation of activities pertaining to illegal drugs in the barangay.
I should not ask a question to the public officials but rather politely suggest few guidelines to be clearly discussed during the barangay assembly, that under rule VI. Barangay Fund Management, number 139. The responsibilities of a Barangay Treasurer for fund management include: ….(7) Accounting of all barangay funds and property in his custody at the close of the calendar year; (8) Ensuring that reports shall be available to members of the barangay assembly and others concerned, as enumerated in R.A. 7160, Section 395, e, 5; and (9) Publication of the itemized monthly collections and disbursements of the barangay
When it comes to publication, the treasurer can post Consolidated Monthly Collections and Disbursements at the Barangay Liquidation Board or anybody can develop a website to publish these things online using the free sub-domain of Weebly.com, Webs.com, Webstarts.com, Wordpress.com or any of the sites offering the free sub-domain. The barangay cannot spend a single centavo for this, because it’s free! I think, it's good to hear if a taxpayer would ask, 'What is the official website of our barangay?' Or 'What is the url of our barangay website?' Rather than, asking, "Where the barangay taxpayers' money is spent?". Or How much are the ending balances on Priority Development Fund, General Fund, Unforeseen Calamities Fund, Personal Services (PS) Fund and other funds? Or how much would be a possible Supplemental Budget when the realized income exceeds in the estimated income as of a particular quarter?