A barangay is the simplest unit of Local Government Unit. They handle a small community like purok or sitios. All places in the Philippines consist of this small LGU unit and barangay officials. In this article, you will have a brief idea about the duties and responsibilities of every barangay official that had been elected by their constituents.
The Punong Barangay or the Barangay Chairman is the executive head of the smallest unit of the government. He or she is in charge of the governance, development planning, basic services and facilities, compliance to directives, barangay legislation, and fiscal administration. People are required to respect the barangay head’s decision and rules implemented. On the other hand, a barangay chairman may have the power to lead one barangay, but he/she must still follow the law. If a barangay chairman is abusive of his/her powers, people can complain to the COMELEC and get him/her terminated in due process.
The barangay secretary is liable in all of the barangay’s paper works. He/she must always take down notes all of the discussions and plans that has been made in their meeting. She/he automatically re-read his/her report on the next barangay meeting.
The treasurer on the other hand is responsible of all of the funds of the barangay. From the budget for properties, budget for projects, and budget for the salary of the officials, he/she must take care of it.
As for the seven barangay councilors, they all have their specific tasks that will be assigned by their chairman. They must be on the barangay hall once a week to accommodate the people coming every now and then in their office.
All in all, barangay officials must do these following tasks:
Formulate measures to eliminate drug addiction.
Maintain cleanliness and beautification of their area.
Promote peace and order.
Promote the well being of the woman and youth rights.
Maintain barangay-owned properties and infrastructures.
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