Monday, March 12, 2018
ILOILO City – Of this city’s 180 barangay councils, only one has not formed an inventory team, according to Atty. Ferdinand Panes, chief of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Iloilo City.
Officials of Barangay San Jose in Jaro district risked being charged with defying Memorandum Circular 2018-12, he warned.
The memo, issued on Feb. 1 this year, ordered barangay councils to conduct a property inventory of their properties, finances and documents to correct the observation that when a new set of officials takes over the village council after barangay elections, there appears to be no proper turnover of barangay properties and records.
“I do not know what’s with this barangay council. It always have problems submitting what’s required of it,” said Panes.
DILG-Iloilo already sent the barangay council of San Jose a memorandum reminding it to comply with Memorandum Circular 2018-12.
Noncompliance would be “tantamount to open defiance of a lawful order,” said Panes.
Officials of Barangay San Jose may be charged administratively, he warned.
According to DILG assistant undersecretary Jonathan Malaya who was here last week, incoming barangay officials were usually clueless on the status of their village council’s properties and finances, among others, because there was no proper turnover of records.
Those who failed to submit an inventory may be charged with violating government auditing rules, warned, Malaya.
“Inventory is required by government accounting and auditing rules. Not doing so is neglect of duty,” he said.
Under Memorandum Circular 2018-12, the barangay inventory team must be composed of the barangay captain as chairperson, two barangay councilors, secretary, treasurer and two representatives from civil society organizations or faith-based organizations.
The Commission on Audit and the DILG must be furnished a copy of the inventory.
DILG has templates of the documents for inventory so it will be easier for barangay officials to identify the property of the barangays, said Malaya.
If there are lost documents or properties, then the outgoing officials have to explain./PN