Elected barangay officials in the Dumaguete City have been urged to select poor but deserving residents in their villages as beneficiaries of the government’s cash assistance programs that are intended for the underprivileged.
City Mayor Felipe Remollo issued the reminder to newly-elected and re-elected punong barangays (barangay chairpersons) and kagawads (barangay councilors) as he administered the oath-taking of more than 100 elected barangay officials at the Pantawan People’s Park, Rizal Boulevard, this city on Nov. 7.
“Nagpadayon ang atong financial assistance. Hopefully, every quarter ang distribution sa katong mga residente na nagkinahanglan og tabang. Ayuhon ninyo og pili ang mga tawo na tagaan nato og ayuda (We will continue to give financial assistance. Hopefully, we can do the distribution every quarter to qualified residents. That’s why you need to carefully select the recipients),” the Mayor said.
The distribution of the financial assistance will be implemented in coordination with the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
The Mayor said the cash aid extended to qualified residents come from the national government, which can be utilized for medical needs, cash for work initiatives, social pension, burial, and other functions.
He extended his call for cooperation to the newly-elected and re-elected barangay officials in the city, noting that the city government will support their priority programs and projects.
“I’m happy to work with you. The city government can work with everyone basta lang ang inyo katuyuan ang kaayuhan sa inyo barangay (as long as your purpose is to bring development in your community),” he added.
Other city officials and officials from the Department of the Interior & Local Government witnessed the oathtaking ceremony.
The DILG also announced that proclaimed winners of the barangay elections can immediately assume office after they have taken their oath and submitted their Statement of Contributions & Expenditures to the Commission on Elections. (RAL/PIA7-NegOr)