The final evaluation for the Seal of Good Housekeeping for Barangay Governance in the Second Congressional District of Quezon Province is now on its final evaluation stage. The search was launched on March 3, 2011 on a program attended by all the mayors of the City of Lucena and the Municipalities of Sariaya, Candelaria, San Antonio, Tiaong and Dolores, all of Quezon Province. Secretary Jessie Robredo of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) was the guest of honor and keynote speaker in that program. Secretary Robredo was all praises for the project and even promised to look for some budget in his Department so that he can augment the prizes at stake.
Cognizant of the President Aquino’s call for transparent, honest and responsive governance, the said department took necessary measures to ensure that the local government units (LGUs) adhere to the highest ideals and standards of transparency and accountability. Under the direction of Provincial Director Pedro Mendoza of DILG Quezon Province in coordination with the Provincial Budget Office, the Office of the Provincial Treasurer, and other concerned agencies of the government, they initiated the Barangay Newly Elected Officials Training (BNEO) and various trainings and seminars for all barangay officials regarding their administrative, legislative and judicial functions in their respective communities.
These activities are geared towards the realization of the barangay vision for a self reliant, progressive, orderly, safe, and globally competitive communities sustained by God-centered and empowered citizenry.
To further encourage practicing and implementing the knowledge that they have gained as well as their adherence to all facets of good governance, Congressman Irvin M. Alcala of the Second District of Quezon Province initiated the Model Search for Barangay with a Seal of Good Housekeeping, the first program of its kind in the Philippines. The parameters for the search were discussed during the launching program with Honorable Robredo stressing the salient points involved in good governance in barangay government.
The Elimination Round was started in March of 2011 and a committee was formed composed of representatives from the Provincial DILG Office, the Provincial Budget Office, Office of Congressman Irvin M. Alcala and the various Rotary clubs in the Second District of Quezon to see and verify the extent of implementation of the standards of good governance. Top ten (10) of the contestants in each municipality were selected.
The activity was continuous and year round. The second assessment trimmed down the first ten into the top three (3) finalists in each municipality thus resulting to eighteen (18) finalists for the whole of the second district of the province.
The third and final assessment will reveal among others their compliance to the Expanded Peace and Order Council (E-POC) and Expended Barangay Development Council (E-BDC) as well as their understanding of their duties and responsibilities with specific sets of questions to the Punong Barangay, Barangay Secretary, Barangay Treasurer, Barangay Kagawad or sometimes to a combination of two or three officials.
The final interview is being held at the District Office of Congressman Irvin M. Alcala at the DPWH Compound of District 2 Engineering Office, Dalahican Road, Lucena City. It starts early at 7:30 in the morning to 5:30 in the afternoon with a 30-minute lunch break.
The interview panel for the final assessment is composed of Mr. Pedro Mendoza, Provincial Director, DILG of Quezon Province, Mr. Allan Benitez, Provincial Director, DILG of the Province of Rizal, Mr. Diego Salas, OIC of the Provincial Budget Office, Mr. Marvin Pasahol of the Office of Congressman Irvin M. Alcala and Past Secretary Jose “Joe” Deodores of the Rotary Club of Lucena South, Rotary International District 3820.
The following criteria are the basis for evaluation.
The champion, first and second runners up will receive worth of projects, trophies and Certificates of Appreciation from Congressman Irvin M. Alcala. All the finalists will also receive prizes from the congressman.