DILG-NCR has opened the virtual classrooms for newly elected barangay officials through the BNEO Program Online Portal.
The portal was created by the DILG-NCR, with support from the Local Government Academy to help newly-elected barangay officials learn more about barangay governance anytime and anywhere.
The portal is a component of the Barangay Newly Elected Officials towards Grassroots Renewal and Empowerment for Accountable and Transparent (GREAT) Barangays Program or BNEO for GREAT Barangays, which has been designed to empower newly-elected officials by providing information to help them understand and fulfill their mandate effectively. It is open for Punong Barangays, Sangguniang Barangay Members and Sangguniang Kabataan Chairpersons.
The course is divided into four modules: Barangay Governance and Administration, Local Legislation, Barangay Fiscal Administration and Barangay Development and Thematic Planning.
Lessons on the government’s current priority areas such as promoting disaster resilience and climate change adaptation, peace and order and economic competitiveness and fighting corruption will also be made available through the platform.
As final output, barangay officials are required to come up with their respective Barangay Agenda for Governance and Development or BAGAD, an action plan of barangay officials for their first 100 days in the office. The BAGAD will also be part of their Barangay Development Plan that will cover their term.
DILG-NCR key personnel from its 17 field offices were also given a walk through of the portal; and led in providing assistance to barangay officials in tapping technology for learning.
For the City of Manila, DILG Manila Field Office adopted a two-pronged approach for the portal, as the city, with its 896 barangays has the biggest number of participants among the 17 LGUs of NCR.
The two-pronged approach is a combination of online sessions and face-to-face interaction to ensure that barangay officials were able to process the learnings, and be given assistance in the creation of their BAGAD.
As of August, a total of 4,261 barangay officials, are currently enrolled in the portal. It can be accessed until September 15.