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Duterte to barangays: Create Yuletide assistance program

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) which orders all Sangguniang Barangays to establish a Yuletide Social Assistance Program for the “economic empowerment” of all barangay officials and functionaries.

In issuing EO 99, Duterte directs the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the Department of Budget and Management to jointly issue the appropriate guidelines to effectively carry out and implement the Program.

“Barangay officials and functionaries are at the forefront in the delivery of essential and basic government services, such as healthcare, social welfare, agricultural support, settlement of disputes, peace, and order, as well as the promotion of the general interest of the community,” the Order read.

“The yuletide season is an opportune time to establish, such measures or programs for the economic empowerment of barangay officials and functionaries, in recognition of their valuable and meaningful service that effect genuine and positive change in their respective communities, consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Code,” it further said.

Under the EO, the Yuletide Social Assistance Program of the barangays shall be charged against their respective available funds, subject to Section 321 and 323 of the Local Government Code, as well as existing budgeting, accounting and auditing laws, rules and regulations.

Duterte signed EO 99 last December 6, 2019.

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