Second Congressional District Rep. Jose Enrique S. Garcia III surprised community folks as he held his first Congressional Barangay Day in Panilao and Pantingan, Pilar on August 26 and 27 respectively.
Patterned after Balanga’s Learning Barangay Week, the event will be held regularly in all towns within Bataan’s second district. The Congressional Barangay Day is held to bring the local government closer to its constituents.
The first Congressional Barangay Day was held in the afternoon of August 26 in Brgy. Panilao’s covered court. Barangay locals welcomed Rep. Garcia, who brought medical doctors and other volunteers to address the residents’ needs.
Rep. Garcia formally opened the Congressional Barangay Day with Pilar Mayor Alice Pizarro and members of the municipal council. Pizarro thanked Garcia and commented that she was proud to see the congressman visiting her place.
Also introduced to the community was the city’s EduChild Program. EduChild is the city’s sole program to train parents in the best child-rearing practices.
While EduChild was being discussed, local physicians held a medical mission while IT experts from the city government gave an orientation about online jobs.
The same set of activities was also held in Brgy. Pantingan in the early morning of August 27. Pantingan, one of Pilar’s peripheral communities, was the second barangay visited by Rep. Garcia.
The next Congressional Barangay Day will be held on September 9 in Bagac.
Proven in Balanga City
Balanga City has long been practicing the Learning Barangay Week, a regular community immersion by city government officials.
During the Learning Barangay Week, city government offices are expected to hold sessions with barangay folks. An assembly is held at the end of the week where all city councilors and barangay officials deliver reports before the barangay residents.
Now, the new administration under City Mayor Francis Anthony S. Garcia is sustaining the Learning Barangay Week program. By Arli Joshua Atienza