Sta. Catalina hailed for big General Assembly PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 23 October 2015 11:21

By APRIL LIM

Interior and Local Government City Director Moh. Taha Arakama commended the laudable efforts exerted by the Barangay Council of Sta. Catalina under the leadership of its Chairman Jimmy B. Villaflores for the successful conduct of the General Assembly for the 2nd Semester of this year.

Arakama was impressed by the number of participants in the assembly saying that it is the first time he witnessed such gathering since the time he started monitoring such event in Sta. Catalina.

Sta. Catalina was the first barangay in the city that held the assembly for the second semester.

DILG, thru Proclamation No. 260 issued on September 30, 2011 mandates all barangays in the country to hold synchronized General Assembly Day on the 11th day of October 2015 with the theme: “Ipagpatuloy ang nasimulan, tungo sa tuwid na daan. Makilahok, makisali sa Barangay Assembly.”

However, officials of the barangays in the city requested DILG city office to move the assembly date to give way to the celebration of the feast day of the Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar.

Of the 98 barangays, Sta. Catalina Chairman Jimmy Villaflores was the first one who signified intention to hold the assembly on the 17th day of October, thus the first barangay that conducted the said mandatory activity, Arakama said.

The Barangay Council was expecting around 300 participants but the number ballooned to 815, most of whom came from the urban-poor associations, 4P’s beneficiaries, youth sector and the senior citizen.

The Barangay Assembly is the proper venue where officials of the community can report to their constituents on their accomplishment, financial status of the barangay government and updates of the plans and programs for the remaining period of their term. It is being conducted twice a year.

Executive Assistant on Barangay Affairs Art Onrubia, Zamboanga Public Safety Company Commander Supt. Ariel Huesca, Councilor Benjamin “BG” Guingona,  representative Ritchie Puno and Police Station 11 Commander Supt. Diomarie Albarico’s representative Insp. Albert Sta. Theresa also shared the same views as DILG city director Arakama.

Mr. Onrubia, who was a former Barangay Kagawad of Guiwan, said that it was his first time to witness such event where huge number of participants came to listen the report of the barangay officials.

In the first semester Barangay Asembly this year, Sta. Catalina was chosen as the Model Barangay for the assembly by DILG City Office under Director Arakama.