Are Barangay Development Councils (BDCs) in Region 6 functional?
This is the question the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6 aims to answer as it embarks on a program that would assess the functionality level of BDCs in all of its 4051 barangays in 6 provinces and 2 highly-urbanized cities.
The BDC Functionality Assessment will measure the compliance of BDCs to the minimum requirements of RA 7160 or the Local Government Code of the Philippines and other pertinent laws, and will focus on four main areas: Structure or Creation, People or Composition, Systems and People Participation.
Some of the factors the assessment will look into are whether or not BDCs have the right composition, conduct regular meetings, have formulated required plans, and are adequately represented by women and civil society organizations.
The assessment will also examine best practices employed by BDCs to improve the provision of services to their constituents.
RA 7160 requires all barangays to create BDCs that will be responsible for, among other functions, prepare developmental, sectoral and functional plans and implement PPAs for the betterment of the community they serve.
For the purpose of the assessment, barangays, through their officials, are tasked to fill-out self-assessment forms with questions relative to their BDC and provide modes of verification to support their answers. After which, City/Municipal Assessment Teams (C/MATs), composed of City/Municipal Local Government Operation Officers, City/Municipal Planning and Development Officers, City/Municipal Budget Officers, Liga ng mga Barangay President and civil society organization representatives, will conduct assessment meetings to verify the correctness and completeness of the self-assessment forms submitted by the barangays and provide ratings thereof.
The results of the assessment is expected to be generated by the end of September.
REGIONAL AND PROVINCIAL ROLL-OUT ACTIVITIES
To prepare all involved in the BDC functionality assessment, a series of Regional and Provincial Roll-Out activities were conducted.
Region 6 was the first to conduct a regional roll-out in the entire country.
“The Barangays, as frontliners in the provision of services in the most basic unit of society, plays a crucial part in the development of their barangay in particular and the nation as a whole, so we must see to it that BDCs are performing their functions properly,” emphasized Maria Calpiza J. Sardua, DILG Region 6 Assistant Regional Director during the Regional Roll-Out on BDC Functionality Assessment held on July 19-20, 2019 at the Smallville21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
The regional roll out was conducted to prepare city and provincial offices in the capacity development, assessment and monitoring processes of the program. It was attended by Provincial and City DILG BDC/LDC focal persons. LGOO IIs Freda Mae L. Sorsano and Charmagne Lyle Matta served as resource persons for the activity
“We in the DILG, as an oversight agency, are mandated to regularly monitor and evaluate the LDCs and BDCs to assess their performance vis-à-vis their mandated functions and responsibilities thereby determining whether they are functional or not,” emphasized LGCDD chief Roselyn B. Quintana, CESE.
Meanwhile, Provincial and HUC roll-outs, were also held to orient C/MATs on the process and guide notes for assessing the level of functionality of BDCs. The activity, over-all, gathered more than 600 C/MAT members from all HUCs and provinces.
These roll-outs were conducted in the following dates and venues:
- Antique - August 15, 2019, Eagle’s Hotel, San Jose, Antique
- Negros Occidental – August 28, 2019, Business Inn Hotel, Bacolod City
- Bacolod City – August 30, 2019, DILG Bacolod City Office
- Aklan – September 2, 2019, Adee’s Function Hall, Aklan
- Iloilo and Iloilo City - September 4, 2019, Smallville21 Hotel, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
- Capiz – September 4, 2019, Nesta’s Hilltop Hotel, Roxas City
- Guimaras – September 12, 2019, Guimaras