Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Barangay Development Council (BDC)



The Barangay Development Council (BDC) is a planning and coordinative body in the barangays. It is mandated by law to assist the sangguniang barangay in setting the direction of economic and social development and in coordinating development efforts within the barangay. This is headed by the Punong Barangay as chairman, and shall be composed of the following members:
1.       Members of the Sangguniang Barangay;
2.       Representatives of non-government organizations (NGO’s) and people’s organization (POs) operating in the barangay, who shall constitute not less than one fourth (1/4) of the members of the fully organized council.
3.       A representative of the congressman [Section 107(a), RA7160] .
How shall the NGOs and POs be represented in the barangay development council? Within a period of sixty (60) days from the start of the organization of the barangay development council, the NGOs and POs shall choose from among themselves their representatives to said council. The Sangguniang Barangay shall accredit NGOs and POs subject to such criteria as may be provided by law.
The Punong Barangay determine the need to reconstitute the council based on changes in the composition of the sangguniang barangay after the election, change of barangay secretary who shall serve as the council’s secretariat, performance of NGO and PO representatives in the previous administration, or change of the representative of the congressman. For instance, if in the past, some of the NGO and PO representative never attended the council’s meetings and never participated in the activities of the council; the Punong Barangay need to decide if they should remain as members of the council.
The council’s frequency of meeting (Sec.110) is at least once every six (6) months, and its functions include the following (Sec.109b):
1.       Mobilize people’s participation in local development efforts
2.       Prepare barangay development plans
3.       Monitor and evaluate the implementation of national and/or local programs and project, and
4.       Perform such other functions as may be provided by law or competent authority (Section 109-b of RA 7160).
Supposing the council is not in session the Barangay Development Council Executive Committee shall represent the Council and act on its behalf when it is not in session. The council’s executive committee is chaired by the punong barangay and has two members, namely: (1) a representative of the sangguniang barangay (2) a representative of the NGOs or POs represented in the council.
It is advisable that the representative of the sangguniang barangay in the council’s executive committee is the chair of the sanggunian’s committee on appropriations. This will facilitate the preparation and approval of the annual and supplemental budgets as barangay budgets have to operationalize the approved barangay development plan (Section 305-I of RA7160).
The barangay development council executive committee shall exercise the following powers and functions (Sec. 111b):
·         Ensure that decisions of the council are faithfully carried out and implemented.
·         Act on matters requiring immediate attention or action by the council.
·         Formulate policies, plans, and programs based on the general principles laid down by the council.
·         Act on any other matter that may be authorized by the council.

11 comments:

  1. does the youth organization is required to join on the said BDC?

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    1. yes, if there is an established youth organization in your barangay...

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  2. or let say it is required na dapat ay may YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE sa kadahilanang wala ng SK ngayon? tama ba?

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  3. thank you for this information. i would like to clarify 1 here. who will select the 2 representative of NGO, is it the punong barangay only or it will be vote by the majority of the council?

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    1. usually practice in every barangay the punong barangay will select who will become the BDC representatives with the approval of the council.... but it is not correct..... the correct is: The NGO and PO's will choose among from them who will become the representative in the BDC.... not the punong barangay will select....

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  4. what would be the specific work of the representative can you clarify it or explain it?

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    1. the work of the representatives will help & assist the barangay council especially determining the needs in the barangay like economic and social development...

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  5. Good day! It wasn't clear about the process how the BDC will be formed. Few questions here.

    Who makes the call for the meeting for the formation of its members and executives within the barangay? What would be the appropriate action if the newly elected Barangay Chairman does not make the call? The last question seems like the practice in our barangay for years now even during the past administration. According to one co-baranagay that I,ve talked to, BDC has never been implemented. I would appreciate more info. Thanks! God bless you!

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    1. Your first question is who call for the meeting of constituting the BDC? The Punong Barangay. Your next question is, if the Barangay Chairman does not make the call for the constituting of the BDC what is the appropriate action? As what I know the BDC is one of the first executive order issued by the Punong Barangay, because it is part of the making of barangay budget.. Try to ask the barangay secretary... Maybe they have BDC but they did not practice/use it.... Just papers only... Re-constituting/constituting the BDC is required by DILG..

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    2. Thanks for your reply, Arjie! God bless you!

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