DILG awards council of Luz as best in city: Luz implements participatory governance, pro-people projects

The Barangay Development Council (BDC) of Barangay Luz, headed by Nida Cabrera, was awarded yesterday as the 2009 Most Outstanding BDC (OBDC) of Cebu City.

In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, Patricio Gabuya, director of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) 7 and chairman of the board of judges for the search, said Barangay Luz has shown good governance practices.

“Nakita namo nga sigun sa ilang plano, na-implementar gyud ilang mga proyekto. Ang mga tawo sab, mingtabang gyud sa pagplano. Ikaduha, aduna sila’y kumpleto nga record sa ilang mga proyekto ug sa ilang mga minutes of the meeting, kumpleto gyud (We’ve seen that they implemented their programs according to plan. The people joined the planning. They have complete records of their projects),” said Gabuya.

The OBDC search recognizes barangays that excel in participatory governance, showcase good governance practices of Cebu City barangays and encourage other barangays to develop participatory participatory governance.

In her acceptance speech, Cabrera said she was confident their BDC would win.

“Confident ko nga modaug mi tungod sa daghan nga proyekto nga among gihimo para sa katawhan (I was confident we would win because of the various projects we have for the people),” she said.

Barangay Luz has been known for its Kwarta sa Basura (Cash in Trash) Project (KSBP) that converts recyclables collected from households and partner institutions into handicraft items.

The project is an effort of the barangay to get its constituents involved in local governance.

For winning the OBDC search, Barangay Luz received P150,000 from the Cebu City government.

Other winners are the BDC of Barangay Budlaan (1st runner up) winning p75,000; the BDC of Barangay Kalunasan (2nd runner up) winning P50,000; and the BDC of Barangay Ermita (3rd runner up) winning P25,000.

The OBDC search, which was first launched in 2005, is a partnership project between the Cebu City Government and the Fellowship for Organizing Endeavors, Inc., in coordination with the Center of Participatory Governance and Kaabag sa Sugbu Network. PDF

Source: Sun.Star Cebu Friday, March 19, 2010

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