I just wonder if the Barangay System is still relevant and helpful, or is it just a layer of government that chunks up our budget.
The last time I went to our Barangay was when I wanted to get a clearance and residency certificate before I got married. Isn't it possible for this service to be handled by the municipality?
We have about 41,995 Barangays in the country, and all of them have a
(1) Barangay Captain
(1) SK Chairman
All of them are earning their own salaries and get operational budget. For what? To what benefit? Maybe it's time to review this Barangay System.
Me thinks the Barangay System is merely giving more benefit to the political patrons of the Barangay officials - which are the local oligarchial family, and this comes into play very much during election period. The Barangay Captain promises to deliver the votes, the patron becomes Congressman, and his brother, cousin, wife is the Governor, and the favor then is returned during the term of office. Pagawa ng basketball court, welcome arch - all useless projects that are mere billboards to post one's name for the next election.
I maybe wrong, and maybe others have a better experience with their Barangays. If there are let's hear those stories.