The mountain village of Progreso in San Miguel town became the first ever barangay in Catanduanes to win the coveted Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG), the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) announced last week.
Along with several barangays in the province of Bicol which won the 2021 SGLG for Barangays, Progreso passed the assessment made on the bases of three Core Areas and three Essential Areas of governance for calendar year 2019, LGOO VI William Aldea disclosed.
The other barangays from 10 towns which were entered for qualification in the SGLGB were Bagatabao, Bagamanoc; Agban, Baras; Guinobatan, Bato; Guiamlong, Caramoran; Poblacion District III, Gigmoto; San Andres (Dinungsuran), Pandan; San Nicolas, Panganiban; Lictin, San Andres; San Jose Oco, Viga; and Sogod-Tibgao, Virac.
In Core Area 1 (Safety, Peace and Order), Progreso scored 16 out of 20 possible points for the functionality of its Barangay Anti-Drug Council (BADAC) and Barangay Peace and Order Council (BPOC), high performance rating in Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards, maintenance of Records of Barangay Inhabitants, and professionalization of the Barangay Tanod.
In Core Area 2 (Financial Administration and Sustainability), it garnered 18 points from its compliance with the Barangay Full Disclosure Policy, increase in local resources (fees and charges) and conduct of Barangay Assembly.
In Core Area 3 (Disaster Preparedness), Progreso earned 18 points from the functionality of its Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee (BDRRMC), extent of risk assessment and Early Warning System and extent of preparedness for effective response and recovery,
In Essential Area 1 (Social Protection and Sensitivity), it scored a total of 10.75 point out of a possible 15 based on the functionality of its Violence Against Women (VAW) Desk, access to health and social welfare services in the barangay, functionality of the Barangay Development Council, representation of Civil Society Organizations in barangay-based institutions, registration of Kasambahay and establishment of Kasambahay Desk, functionality of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children, and allocation for the Annual Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget.
In Essential Area 2 (Business-Friendliness and Competitiveness), it had 13 points from the enactment of the Barangay Tax Ordinance and ordinance relative to barangay clearance fees on business permit and locational clearance for building permit, approval of resolution authorizing the municipal treasurer to collect fees for barangay clearance for said permits and issuance of barangay clearance within the required periods.
In Essential Area 3 (Environmental Management), Progreso obtained only 5 points out of a possible 10, as while it has a Materials Recovery Facility and collection system for segregated wastes, it did not have an approved Solid Waste Management Plan and did not conduct capacity building for its Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management Committee.
Its profile says that Progreso has a population of 1,362 with 291 households and 392 families, with its barangay allotted a budget of P2.2 million for 2021.
The barangay council is composed of Punong Barangay Jorge Bagadiong and barangay kagawads Geronimo Trambulo, Rechaida Pelantagaan, Herold Tapia, Concepcion Lumangaya, Judith Solsona, Samuel Kenneth Balisacan and Susan Bailon, with Jechel Devella as SK chairperson.
The barangay was chosen as San Miguel’s entry to the SGLGB by a team led by MLGOO Jose Taraya after an evaluation of all 24 barangays.
According to a source, the MLGOOs in the municipalities were supposed to assess all the barangays in their jurisdiction to make sure their chosen entry was the best but apparently failed in some cases due to lack of material time prior to the deadline during the first week of December 2021.
For the 2022 SGLGB, the guidelines state that the basis would be the barangays’ accomplishments for CY 2020 but the DILG field officers reportedly prefer that the basis should be CY 2021 as the previous year was the peak period of the pandemic when many activities were suspended.