This was the message of Balibago Barangay Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac as he led here the People’s Congress on Thursday attended by 16 village chiefs and 1st District Rep. Carmelo “Tarzan” Lazatin.
“This congress enlightens barangay leaders and other organizations on their roles in the development of the city with the use of the city government’s development fund,” said Mamac, who organized the meeting with Claro M. Recto Village Chief Val Lagman.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Regional Director Renato Brion was invited by Mamac to explain the law on the participation of barangay leaders in the planning for the development of the city.
“This is good. They are aware of their roles and they want to participate,” said Brion.
At least 16 out of the 33 village chiefs signed a resolution urging Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno to allot P66 million or P2 million for each village in the annual development budget for 2010. They also signed a resolution asking the mayor to allot P16 million for the projects of non-governmental organizations and people’s organizations.
Mamac said two more village chiefs – Aymer Alvardo of Sto. Cristo and Gloria Tanhueco of Pulung Bulo – will also sign the two resolutions. They were not able to attend.
In the same event, Mamac distributed a list showing the 20 percent Annual Investment Plan amounting to some P65 million and P85 million for 2008 and 2009, respectively.
“Many of the village chiefs are complaining because they don’t even know the planned projects in their respective areas. Under the law, we help plan the projects and later monitor if they are being done,” said Mamac.
“Mamac is showing signs of being a good leader and mayor. He is making them aware of their rights,” said Lagman, who will be in the councilors’ ticket of mayoralty aspirant Mamac.
Salapungan Village Chief Robert Yeen, for his part, said “this event is laudable because it is a forum to ventilate issues and concerns confronting our city,”
‘This early, you can already see that Tony Mamac is for participatory democracy and would take a path of leadership by consultation not by dictatorship,” added Yeen.