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Duterte wants barangay assembly held every weekend of March, October

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the Saturdays and Sundays of March and October of every year as Barangay Assembly Days.

Duterte signed Proclamation No. 599 on October 9, 2018, but was only released to reporters Thursday.

“There is a need to provide flexibility in the scheduling of Barangay Assembly days, to allow wider participation of barangay constituents, and thereby promote greater transparency and accountability of public officials at the barangay level,” the chief executive said.

Proclamation No. 599 amended Proclamation No. 342, which declared the last Saturday of March and the third Saturday of October 2003, and every year thereafter, as Barangay Assembly Days.

In 2011, Proclamation No. 260 was issued, requiring barangays to hold a Barangay Assembly Day every last Saturday of March and the second Sunday of October.

“Based on the report of the National Barangay Office of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, several barangays hold their respective barangay assemblies on dates other than those specifically provided under Proclamation No. 342, as amended, for various compelling reasons,” the latest proclamation, also signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, read.

“The dates of the assemblies during the first semester of CYs 2013 and 2016 coincided with the observance of Black Saturday, which significantly reduced the number of the assembly attendees while the Barangay Assembly Day scheduled on 31 March for the first semester of CY 2018 fell on Black Saturday, which was a special (non-working) day throughout the country.”