Some 3,102 newly-elected punong barangays in Central Luzon has vowed to free their respective barangays from the evils of illegal drugs, criminality, corruption, and terrorism during the mass oath taking ceremony held in time for the celebration of the 120th Philippine Independence Day in Pampanga.
The Central Luzon barangay chiefs formally took their oath of office and signed a manifesto of support for President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s priority agenda on June 12, 2018 at the Fontana Convention Center in Clark Pampanga.
“Ganap kong pakikilusin ang mga mamamayan at lokal na institusyong tulad ng Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council at Barangay Peace and Order Council, pamamahalaan ko ang aking barangay nang walang bahid ng katiwalian at gagamitin nang maayos ang pondo para sa kabutihan at kapakanan ng aking pamayanan at mamamayan,” the signed manifesto reads.
The barangay chiefs also pledged that they will actively support the information dissemination on the benefits of federalism and to lead the positive change in their barangays.
The manifesto ends with the texts: “Sa gitna ng lahat ng ito, pinanunumpaan ko na maging matino, mahusay, at maaasahan dahil ito ang inaasahan ng bawat Pilipino.”
Of the 3,102 punong barangays present during the event, 151 are from Aurora, 237 from Bataan, 569 from Bulacan, 849 from Nueva Ecija, 505 from Pampanga, 33 from Angeles City, 511 from Tarlac, 230 from Zambales, and 17 from Olongapo City.
During his speech, DILG OIC-Secretary Eduardo M. Ano cited that the punong barangays and their Kagawads will serve their constituents for the next two years unlike the usual three-year term.
He said that being Chief in the barangay comes with a huge and deep responsibility as the punong barangays take care not just the daily management of the barangay but of all other basic necessities needed by their constituents.
“May malaking responsibilidad kayo upang maging instrumento sa pagpapanalo ng ating laban kontra sa kriminalidad, ipinagbabawal ng droga, terorismo, at korapsiyon,” Ano said.
“Isipin natin at isabuhay ang ating pagiging matino, mahusay, at maaasahan sa lahat ng oras. Hindi lamang para sa atin, kundi lalong lalo na sa ating mga susunod na salinlahi,” he added.
The mass oath-taking in Central Luzon is the second in a series of Regional Summits initiated by the DILG to enlist the support of the newly-installed barangay captains for the President’s priority thrusts. The first one was held in Cebu last week.