The DILG, Liga ng mga Barangay, Catholic Church, inter-faith groups, civil society organizations, and city officials of Olongapo City gathered together in promoting transparency and good governance during the Ugnayan ng Barangay at Simbahan (UBAS) launch on April 29, 2015 at FMA Hall, City Hall, Olongapo City.
Msgr. Crisostomo A. Cacho, Vicar General of the Diocese of Iba and Olongapo and President of the Civil Society Involvement (CSI), stressed in his speech that the barangay and the church are one in their desire to help and be of service to the people. He advised Punong Barangays present to always think of the “common good”. Liga President Randy C. Sionzon recognized support of the Church towards good governance. OIC-City Director Amada T. Dumagat, DILG Olongapo City, and Ms. Ailyn Bondoc, representative of RD Florida M. Dijan, acknowledged the support of the Church and the Barangays in the UBAS launching. Ms. Bondoc also conveyed RD Dijan’s message that the “UBAS” has seeds that need to be planted to grow and flourish for the benefit of the people.
A Unity Statement was signed by key officials and participants. Representatives of the Olongapo City Christian Ministerial Association (OCCMA) also manifested their support and willingness to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Liga ng mga Barangay.