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Labawig, Melody (1999), Leadership Effectiveness of Barangay Captains: Its Implication to Barangay
Development, available at http://dspace.slu.edu.ph/handle/123456789/102
Keywords: Leadership Effectiveness
Barangay Captains
Communication
Coordination
Decision Making
Performance Evaluation
Barangay Development
Issue Date: Mar-1999
Abstract: Summary Development depends on the capability of leaders not only at the national level but
more particularly on the local government level down to the lowest political unit of governance
which is the barangay. It is then important that we look at the leadership aspect on the barangay
level through the barangay captains. This is one way of assessing if barangays are playing
partners of development in the Cordillera Administrative Region and the nation in general. This
study was conducted to find out the leadership effectiveness of barangay captains and its
implication to barangay development. The subjects of the study were the barangay captains of
Baguio City, La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan and Tuba, which are all municipalities of Benguet
Province.
It made use of descriptive method of research. Data were gathered through questionnaire-
checklist. There were reinforced by personnel interview and actual observations. Pearson
Product Moment Correlation Coefficient and T-test were adopted as statistical tools. 8.2 Findings
The relationship between the qualifications of the barangay captains in terms of educational
attainment, professional experience and length of service and their leadership effectiveness
along leadership functions revealed the following: In terms of the relationship between
leadership effectiveness of barangay captains along communicating and their qualifications,
educational attainment and professional experience were not significantly related while the
length of service is significant. As for the relationship between leadership effectiveness along
coordinating and support, educational attainment and professional experience is not
significant while length of service yields significant relationship. Findings also revealed that
there is no significant relationship between leadership effectiveness along decision making and
educational attainment and professional experience while the qualification on length of service
yields a significant relationship. With regards to the relationship between leadership
effectiveness and their skills in evaluation and feedback, educational attainment and professional
experience was weak and not significant. Relationship with length of service, however, was
significant. With regard to the relationship between leadership effectiveness of barangay
captain and the support derived from the different sources, the support of other barangay
officials contribute significantly to the leadership effectiveness of barangay captain along
communicating, coordination and support, decision making and evaluation and feedback. The
relationship between leadership effectiveness of barangay captains and support from people
yields a significant relationship along the four functions. Also, there is a significant relationship
between leadership effectiveness along four functions and the support of local and national
government. As to the relationship between the degree of seriousness of the problems
encountered and the respondents qualifications, the influence of educational attainment and
length of service to the degree of seriousness of the problems encountered along project
formulation is not significant but is significant in terms of professional experience. The
qualification attributes of the barangay captains did not influence the degree of seriousness of
problems encountered along project implementation and is also applicable along project
monitoring and evaluation. 8.3 Conclusion Educational attainment and professional experience
had little effect on the leadership effectiveness of barangay captains along communication,
coordinating and support, decision making and evaluation of performance and feedback.
Meanwhile, the length of service as barangay leaders had significant influence on the leadership
effectiveness of barangay captains along the mentioned leadership dimensions. Support from
other barangay officials, form the people of the community, and form the local and national
government units significantly contribute to the leadership effectiveness of barangay captains
particularly in performing their roles and functions along communication, coordinating and
support, decision making and evaluation of performance and feedback. Degree of seriousness of
problems encountered by barangay captains along project formulation depends on
professional experience but is not influenced by educational attainment and length of service.
The three attributes of qualifications namely educational attainment, professional experience
and length of service do not influence the degree of seriousness of problems encountered by
barangay captains along project implementation. Finally, educational attainment has significant
effect on the degree of seriousness of problems encountered by barangay captains along project
monitoring and evaluation; but, professional experience and length of service do not have an
effect. 8.3 Recommendation The following are the recommendations of the researcher for
possible consideration: 1. Although most barangay officials possess adequate qualifications,
authorities should have regular training programs like seminars and workshops for barangay
captains including their secretaries and treasurers so that they will better comprehend the
responsibilities and accountabilities provided for in the Local Government Code. Topics to be
given during seminars and workshops for barangay captains should include how to communicate
effectively; how to coordinate and give support to development projects; how to make sound
decisions; and how to evaluate performance and feedback. 2. To strengthen the educational
qualification of the barangay captains who did not finish their secondary education, it is
encouraged that they continue their level of education by availing of the various literacy
programs being offered by the Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS). 3. The
Department of Interior Local Government (DILG) shall recommend ex-barangay officials to be
members of local special bodies in their own respective communities. 4. Encourage stronger
support from other barangay officials/leaders and from community people. Let them know that
their participation is necessary to promote commitment for every development project. 5. The
support given by the local and national government units for the efficient implementation of
barangay activities and projects should be sustained if not strengthened. 6. Networking should be
strengthened in the local government units and other agencies to organize community efforts
needed for community development projects. 7. Barangay captains should exert more effort in
order to elicit full support from their constituents and the people of the community. 8.
Organization of all barangay leaders among municipalities should be encouraged to develop a
cohesive effort in requesting for financial and all other kinds support from national government
and non-government organizations.