Here is an information that most Filipinos do not know. Every structure, every resource in the Philippines, and every citizen within the Philippines is within the barangay system. Yes, even the Malacañang Palace is within a barangay. Does the current president acknowledge or respect this fact? NO! Did the other presidents before him give this respect to the barangays? NO.
Most city halls and municipality halls, provincial capitols, government offices, hospitals, and businesses do not mention the barangay name within their addresses. The Filipino driver’s license asks only for the Street no., City or Municipality, and Province. The barangay name is disregarded. Only in a few cities do they “accidentally” place the barangay name as part of the address. But it is not an official mandate.
The Philippines department of tourism does not promote the barangays. All their promotions about the tourist spots or resorts rarely mention the name of the barangay where the resorts are located. Only the name of the city or municipality or province is mentioned. Yet that very same business can’t acquire a business license without a barangay clearance.
Who is to blame for these errors? Not just one person. All the elected government leaders are to blame. The biggest blame rest on the heads of the barangay officials. Why put the blame on them? Because they are the leaders of the barangay and yet they are quiet about it. The barangay officials allow these errors to continue.
Here is a barangay who upon my recommendation, kagawad Alden Cabalfin convinced his barangay to create a resolution #8 on June 21, 2015: it reads as such:“A resolution that mandates every individual which includes all business, public and private organizations, institutions and other sectors which are resident and located at barangay Baguingin-Lanot to use the name of the barangay as compulsory in all lawful acts, transactions and other purposes” Baguingin-Lanot is the first barangay in the Philippines to create such a mandate. I sincerely hope that their example will be followed by all the 42,036 barangays and by the President of the Philippines.
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