DILG Region 3 monitored the conduct of the barangay assembly of Brgy. Pinagbarilan, City of Baliwag, Bulacan on March 18, 2023, as it was chosen to be the region's showcase barangay during the conduct of CY 2023 Synchronized Barangay Assembly Day (SBAD).
The activity that was attended by various National Government Agencies (NGAs), City Government of Baliwag and Provincial Government of Bulacan was pursuant to the provision of Section 397 of the Local Government Code, mandating barangays to conduct a semestral barangay assembly where they would report the accomplishments of the sangguniang barangay including their financial disbursements.
In the message of DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos, Jr., read by DILG Bulacan Provincial Director Myrvi Apostol-Fabia, he mentioned that strengthening the barangay towards a more effective delivery of public service is currently one of the Department's priorities. Further, in line with the current theme of the SBAD: "B-BIDA KA! Barangay Bida ka sa sa pagpapatupad ng kapayapaan, pangangalaga sa kalikasan, at pagpapaigting ng pagkakaisa tungo sa isang ligtas, mapayapa at maunlad na pamayanan", Sec. Abalos solicited citizen's participation while recognizing the importance of their role specially in the proliferation of illegal drugs in the country.
Meanwhile, DILG-3 Regional Director Anthony Nuyda highlighted that the key to a progressive country is a strong and progressive barangay.