“Harampang han mga Sangkay han Barangay” – a
“politics of service”
By Provincial Media Relations Center (PMRC Leyte Province)
January 1, 2007
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte – Leyte First District
Representive Remedios “Matin” Petilla is forming the “Harampang han mga Sangkay
han Barangay” – a project that brings government services and projects directly
to the people and addressing their concerns through general assemblies.
Congresswoman Matin Petilla
The activity has already started gaining
favorable response from constituents in Leyte’s First District as the lady solon
personally gives out the services such as medical and nutritional needs,
financial assistance and chairs their barangay assembly.
Rep. Petilla said this is the kind of governance
that has worked effectively even during the time when she was still serving as
governor of the Leyte province.
“This is addressing the people’s concern through
the grassroots level. When they ask for a financial assistance for a certain
project, I would personally give the cheque to them in the barangay so that the
people would know too that this project is coming up. The projects do not just
stay with the barangay officials but the whole barangay is made aware that such
a project is ready to be put up,” Rep. Petilla said.
She added by doing this, the people themselves
become involve in monitoring and assessing the project until it is reported
Not only that, she said, most importantly the
“Harampang han mga Sangkay han Barangay” bridges the gap between government and
the barangays by providing venue to talk on all of the barangays’ concerns –
infrastructure, health, medical and financial needs.
The lady solon said that she may not be able to
address the problem all in one setting but the concern is brought to her
attention so that ways to solve it are formulated is immediately being moved.
“I get to talk to barangay officials and the
residents. A heart-to-heart to talk on what they need and what the government
and I, as their representative, can help. Mismo hira nga mga residente
nakakapaabot kon ano iton ira kinahanglanon gud, ano iton ira mga problema ngan
diri na naagi pa kon hin-o nga mga channels,” the lady solon disclosed.
One barangay official which the lady solon
recently visited said that she is the only official who has been consistent in
her performance as a public servant and who really attends to the barangay’s
“Baga hiya hin nanay nga manginginano kon ano
iton kinahanglan ngan kon ano iton puede mabulig niya para hiton barangay. Waray
lipod-lipod nga serbisyo,” the barangay official said.
“Hadto pa man maki-barangay na gud ako. I
personally see them and talk to them as they are very important part of the
society and the government. That is why every after my responsibilities in the
Halls of Congress, I always seek a chance to visit them.”
This, she said, what you call as “politics of
service”. That is what her governance would always be for the people she serves,