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Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu of Maguindanao Province said barangay secretaries are part of the front-liners in public service and the nature of their duties and responsibilities calls for making said position permanent.
Mangudadatu filed House Bill 4415, which shall be known as the "Permanency of the Barangay Secretary Position Act." Section 2 on the Declaration of Policy provides that public office is a public trust and that it is the aim of Government that efficient public service is rendered at all its levels, including the barangays.
"The duties of barangay secretaries, which are mostly office work in the barangay are mandated and recognized by law as ministerial in nature. To make the barangay secretary competent and equipped for the job, the Government allocates funds and other resources for their seminars and trainings," Mangudadatu said.
Mangudadatu said making the position permanent would ensure efficiency of public service at the barangay level.
"There would be no need for a turnover of duties every time new barangay officials are elected. The proposed change would also eliminate the need for expenditures in trainings and seminars of said barangay secretary," Mangudadatu stressed.
Mangudadatu also said the proposal will serve as a motivation for barangay secretaries to work harder and be more responsible.
The change would also espouse accountability at the barangay secretary level since they will be entitled to benefits like those being enjoyed by government employees with plantilla positions, according to the lawmaker.
Under the bill, the position of Barangay Secretary in all Barangay units shall be made permanent. All barangay secretaries shall enjoy security of tenure and cannot be removed, unless for a cause.
Likewise, all barangay secretaries shall enjoy the benefits appurtenant to being permanent government employees, subject to existing Civil Service laws.
The Civil Service Commission (CSC), in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), are mandated to formulate and issue rules and regulations.