More than a hundred barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials completed the 4-day technical training on how to operate the Barangay e-system and Tools (BEST), which is an information system that caters to the information needs of the communities.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Department of Interior and Local Government Region 7 Director Leocadio Trovela and Department of Science and Technology Negros Oriental Director Atty. Gilbert Arbon commended the 30 Punong Barangays, Barangay Secretaries, Barangay Treasurers and SK officials for participating in the training that will equip them with the skills to collect, store and manage the residents’ profiles, disaster response, judicial information that enables document generation for effective planning and monitoring in their communities.
Among those who participated in the training were Liga ng mga Barangay President Dionie Amores, Deputy Mayor for Barangay Affairs and SK President Renz Macion, Deputy Mayor on Youth Affairs, who manifested their support to implement an integrated and sustainable information system that builds the capability of the barangays for the establishment of a “Smart Community.”
Being the smallest local government units, the barangays play a critical role in collecting grassroot information from the residents which is key for planning and decision making. The same collected data from the barangay will then be consolidated higher up to the municipal level for an integrated LGU wide community database.
Among the outputs expected from the training are: Barangay Residents Information database build-up for each community with detailed information on Skills and Education, resident’s health information, products and trade information, disaster response information and digital barangay clearances/permits with captured images for printout.
To ensure the sustainability of the project, the training package includes a free computer central processing unit with pre-loaded software and printer that was turned over to the barangays after the training to set up the actual BeST Kiosk.