A barangay is the Philippines' lowest administrative division and is the local Filipino phrase for a village, district, or ward. The phrase is frequently used colloquially to refer to an inner-city neighborhood, a suburb, or a suburban community. However, this usage is not official and should not be interpreted as such. Barangays are defined by law as geographical subdivisions of a municipality. In general terms, they can be considered as rural villages. However, due to their urban location, many barangays have become more industrialized and have transformed into small cities over time.
Suburbs are often defined as areas outside of large cities that are still within close proximity to major population centers and that have their own local government and police force. While this description is somewhat accurate, it fails to take into account other factors that may influence whether or not an area is classified as a suburb. For example, some suburbs are actually completely surrounded by larger cities while others lie entirely within one single city.
In the United States, France, and parts of Canada and Australia, the word "suburb" has been adopted as an official term by various municipalities to describe certain neighborhoods or districts. Some U.S. suburbs have established independent town governments while others remain under the control of their parent cities or towns.
The barangay is the smallest level of government in the Philippines. The term "barangay" is a Malay word that refers to a type of watercraft used by an Austronesian population when they came to the Philippines. Since the advent of the Spaniards in the 16th century, there have been well-organized separate barangays. These were initially tribal groups that were given land by the Spanish colonizers for their loyalty during war times or as payment for services rendered.
In the early years after the arrival of the Spaniards, there were only two types of divisions in the towns: parishes and vecindades. The parish was run by the priest while the veguerio managed the affairs of its residents within the area defined by the parish. Over time, these two offices were replaced by others of similar rank and power. In 1754, the office of alcalde was created to replace the former role of priest. He was responsible for enforcing community rules and ordinances, including those related to taxation. In 1872, the office of mayor was created to replace the alcalde. He was responsible for running the daily affairs of the town council and, ultimately, the town itself.
As cities grew in the Philippines, so did their governments. By the turn of the 20th century, most large cities had mayors while small towns often had sakadas (mayors who serve for a specified period by appointment).
A barangay is the Philippines' lowest administrative division; a village, district, or ward, whereas a barrio is (in Venezuela or the Dominican Republic) a slum on the outskirts of a big city; a low-to-middle-class neighborhood in a smaller city. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably, but they have different meanings.
In the Philippines, a barangay is equivalent to a town in other countries. It is the basic unit of local government, with a barangay captain as its head. A barangay council makes policy by voting on issues before them.
In 2007, there were 730,000 people living in 9,814 barangays across the Philippines.
The barangay system was established by President Manuel L. Quezon in 1914 as a means of improving rural governance through the involvement of the Filipino people. Before this time, most areas lacking a municipal government were ruled by indigenous chiefs or feudal landlords. The barangay system is still widely regarded as one of the most effective institutions for administering justice and providing services to the poor. It has been called "the people's court" and "the village police force".
Today, barangays are usually quite small communities, often consisting of only a few houses and a community center called a baluarte. Some are even completely isolated, with no access to roads or electricity.
A barangay (/ba:ra:NG'gaI/; abbreviated as Brgy. or Bgy. ), formerly known as barrio (abbreviated as Bo.), is the Philippines' lowest administrative division and the local Filipino name for a village, district, or ward. There are 710 barrios in the Philippines as of 2010.
Barangays are self-governed units headed by elected officials called barangay captains. They help manage community affairs such as education, health, sanitation, and infrastructure. Each barangay has at least one purok (or neighborhood), which is identified by a number and name. Puroks can be further divided into sitios. Barangays without pueblos are considered rural while those with populations over 5,000 are classified as urban.
Originally, the barrio system was designed to provide safety and security for residents who were not safe from violence outside their homes. It also helped preserve the indigenous languages of the Philippines by separating them from mainstream culture. Most barrio names contain the Philippine language term for "district" or "ward", such as Malate, San Miguel, and Santa Cruz.
In modern times, especially after the creation of cities and towns, they serve mainly as separation boundaries for statistical purposes. The barangay council is the body that manages community issues within the area covered by a barrio. Its members are elected by popular vote.
A barangay (/ba: ra: NG'gaI/; abbreviated as Brgy. or Bgy. ), also known by its ancient name barrio (abbreviated as Bo.), is the Philippines' lowest administrative division and is the local Filipino term for a village, district, or ward. There are 743 barangays in the Philippines as of 2010.
A barrio is an administrative division used by the United States government for reporting data on poverty and income inequality. Barrios are divided into census tracts that serve as the basis for sending out U.S. Census surveys. In some places, such as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, these are the most common names for neighborhoods within their municipalities.
In a barangay, there are usually not more than five elected officials at any one time. The barangay captain is usually elected by the members of the old "male" community. The other officers include the barangay secretary and treasurer, who are both usually elected by the members of the old "female" community. If there are no "old males" or "old females," then the captains vote on who will run for those positions. All officers are required by law to be registered voters in the barangay they serve.
Barangays are generally considered to be equivalent to villages, but this is not always the case. For example, some large cities are divided into multiple barangays.