Barangay Pandan, Bacnotan, La Union conducted its barangay assembly day on October 8, 2017, 4:00 PM at the Barangay Hall with the theme “Nagkakaisang Barangay Lakas ng Kampanya Kontra sa Illigal na Droga, Krimen at Katiwalian! Makiisa! Makilahok! Makialam.”
Punong Barangay Sheri D. Dienzo and the Sangguniang Barangay Members spearheaded the conduct of the assembly participated by around 250 barangay assembly members.
Regional Director James F. Fadrilan delivered the message of the Officer-In-Charge of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). He then encouraged all the barangay assembly members to take part in the battle of the government against illegal drugs, crime and corruption, them being in the forefront in their respective communities.
PB Dienzo delivered the State of Barangay Address (SOBA) which encapsulates the major accomplishment of the barangay for the 1st semester, the financial status, and updates on Calendar Year 2017 barangay programs and projects.
Top issues identified and presented were on the non-compliance of the residents on forced evacuation during disasters, continuous burning of garbage, pet owners still allowing their dogs to roam the streets without leash, and both parents and Sari-sari store owners still allowing minors to buy cigarettes or any tobacco products and intoxicating liquor.
Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Maria Gracia D. dela Cruz discussed the compliance of the barangay on national laws and issuances relative to DILG programs, project, activities such as the Barangay Full Disclosure Policy, Barangay Drug Clearing Program, implementation of the Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Illigal na Droga (MASA MASID), and others. The key messages on Federalism was also presented. Chief of Police PCI Reynaldo Soria and Senior Fire Officer I Noly T. Geraban presented crime prevention tips, and fire safety tips, respectively.
PB Dienzo asked the cooperation and compliance of all the residents to all laws and ordinances monitored and implemented by the barangay emphasizing that the barangay officials could not do all alone without the engagement of everyone.
DILG La Union Provincial Director Paulino G. Lalata, Jr., Municipal Mayor Francisco Angelito L. Fontanilla, Sanggunian Bayan Member Olga Jane C. Panelo, and technical staff from the DILG regional and provincial offices were present during the activity.
Pandan was the showcase barangay having an organized and functional Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council, established MASA MASID Teams, one of the most peaceful barangays in the municipality, and having been one of the outstanding barangays in the Seal of Good Local Governance-Barangay, an award system initiated by the Municipal Government of Bacnotan through the Municipal Local Government Operations Office patterned to the SGLG with criteria taken from the Barangay Governance Performance Management System (BGPMS) that looks into the performance and accomplishment of the barangay along areas of Governance, Administration, Social Services, Economic Development, and Environmental Management.