Being a Barangay Treasurer is not an easy job. In this post, you’ll see their qualifications, as well as their responsibilities.
Barangay Treasurer Qualifications
The punong barangay shall appoint the barangay treasurer with the concurrence of the majority of all the Sangguniang barangay members. The appointment of the barangay treasurer shall not be subject to attestation by the Civil Service Commission.
- The barangay treasurer shall be of legal age, a qualified voter, and an actual resident of the barangay concerned.
- No person shall be appointed barangay treasurer if he is a Sangguniang barangay member, a government employee, or a relative of the punong barangay within the fourth civil degree of consanguinity or affinity.
- The barangay treasurer shall be bonded in accordance with existing laws in an amount to be determined by the Sangguniang barangay but not exceeding Ten thousand pesos (P10,000.00), premiums for which shall be paid by the barangay.
Barangay Treasurer Powers and Duties
The Barangay Treasurer is basically responsible for collecting revenues in the barangay. In fact, they have nine responsibilities.
- Collection of all taxes, fees, contributions, and all other monies due to the barangay
- Depositing these collections with the City/Municipal Treasurer or with the nearest depository bank in the name of the barangay
- Safeguarding and accounting for his revenue collections and all accountable forms in his custody
- Disbursement of barangay funds in accordance with the barangay budget and through resolutions of the Sangguniang Barangay
- Issuance of certification as to the availability of funds
- Keeping and maintaining a petty cash fund to pay for barangay expenses
- Accounting of all barangay funds and property in his custody at the close of the calendar year
- Ensuring that reports shall be available to members of the barangay assembly and others concerned
- Publication of the itemized monthly collections and disbursements of the barangay
How did I get here?
At eighteen, I am already working as a civilian employee at the Headquarters Philippine Navy (HPN). I was a Stenographer-Typist and everything I learned in my two-year course was beneficial. Actually, I only stayed for a few years and went back to study to finish my degree. I was discouraged to continue working at HPN because I’ve found out that it is not easy to have a permanent appointment even though there is a plantilla position, you have to have a professional civil service eligibility and you must be a board passer. I did not see myself retiring as a government employee, I felt there is no security of tenure.
Working as a Barangay Treasurer
But here I am, after 32 years, now working in a Local Government Unit (LGU) as a Barangay Treasurer. It was overwhelming at first, a treasurer’s office with only two staff, with tons of paper works, financial procedures, processes, transactions, reports to learn/prepare, etc., is no joke! We’re working twelve hours almost every day and sometimes even on Saturdays.
During my first few months, I already have a few realizations. As a taxpayer, I feel privileged to avail services whenever I visit government offices. However, working as a Brgy. Treasurer became an eye opener for me, taxpayers should be compassionate instead of feeling privileged. All Barangay Staff, including the Chairman and Council Members, receive only a minimal monthly allowance and are not entitled to the mandatory 13th-month pay. It is volunteer work/ profession.
I took an oath couple of months ago, and every day before I report for work, I need an affirmation. Telling myself that I can do this! The Council Members, Brgy. Chairman and Staff have very high expectations because their previous treasurer did well. There are times that I would like to give up, it’s tiring and you have to be knowledgeable, patient, and accommodating at all times. What keeps me going is the unfailing support, assistance, and kindness of our Brgy. Chairman and Treasurer’s Office’ Bookkèepper. I am very grateful for their tender loving care, they inspire me. And I encourage you all to extend your support to your LGU. They are giving public service for a cause.
About the Author:
Renell A. Dela Cruz – Pacrin is a development worker (support staff) for seventeen years who loves to cook and bake. She earned a degree in Secretarial Administration and passed the NC II (National Certificate) in Bread and Pastry Production. During her free time, she bakes cookies, cakes, and pastries, mostly for her lovely daughter’s packed snacks, family occasions, and sometimes made to order. Currently self-employed, she focuses more on her spouse’s van rental business, home duties, exploring handicrafts, and taking care of the homey.
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