As a mandated program of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), training on Barangay Governance and Administration for Cagayan de Oro’s recently elected barangay officials is ongoing.

Dubbed as Barangay Newly Elected Officials (BNEO) Program, this activity is a continuing capacity development program aimed to enhance the proficiency of barangay officials in performing their mandated tasks and responsibilities to equip them with the necessary policies and tools in managing their respective barangays.

 “This is to remind all of our barangay officials that they are considered as public servants,” DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said. “This is one way to emphasize that they play a very critical role in our barangays, knowing that they represent the government in their areas.” 

    Further, the Regional Director reiterated that the idea of having barangays is to ensure that there will be a structure which is very close to the public being served. With this, he underscored the importance of coming up with a Barangay Development Plan that is appropriate and responsive to the needs of the constituents in a barangay.

The training was divided into three clusters. First Cluster, scheduled on September 10-12, catered Barangays 6, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31, 32, 37, Agusan, Baikingon, Balulang, Bugo, Cugman, Dansolihon, Indahag, Lapasan, Lumbia, Pigsag-an, and San Simon.

 While second Cluster, scheduled on September 12-14, was attended by Barangays 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 19, 27, 28, 30, 35, 39, Balubal, Besigan, Bonbon, Bulua, Camaman-an, Consolacion, FS Catanico, Iponan, Nazareth, Pagalungan, Pagatpat, Puntod, Tablon, and Tuburan.

 Finally, third Cluster will have their training this coming October 15-17, to be participated by Barangays 1, 4, 11,13, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 29, 33, 34 ,36, 38, 40, Bayabas, Bayanga, Canitoan, Carmen, Gusa, Kauswagan, Macabalan, Macasandig, Mambuaya, Patag, Puerto, Taglimao, Tagpangi, Tignapoloan, and Tumpagon.

The said activity is intended to attain a common understanding on the tenets of barangay governance to facilitate barangay compliance to performance management policies and audits in furtherance of DILG’s general supervision functions over the local government units.