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A purok (English: District1) is part of a barangay and along with sitio, is one of the smallest political divisions in the Philippines. Most barangays, especially those situated in rural settlements, have puroks.2
In Cebu, a purok is typically composed of twenty to fifty or even more members depending on the particular geographical location and cluster of houses.3 Some barangays in Cebu have as many as eight puroks.4 If created and given a mandate by an ordinance of the barangay, municipality, or city, a purok could perform government functions with coordination and supervision of local officials.3 In many puroks, a single councilor from Sangguniang Barangay and Kabataan is in charge of leading their respective purok. In others, a set of officers are elected either every year or every three years.2
Puroks are similar to sitios but the latter are more isolated and more rural whereas puroks are closer to the center of the barangay, especially the barangay hall.
- Santos, Arceli (2006). Vicassan's Pilipino-English Dictionary (Abridged Edition) (Volume 1). Anvil Publishing Inc. p. 524. ISBN 971-27-1707-0.
- Alkuino, Xerxes (August 7, 2012). "LGUs urged to put up purok system". Cebu Provincial Government. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- "Purok system mobilizes community, improves governance". Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. May 7, 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
- Rien, Fayette C. (August 8, 2012). "Cebu gov.wants LGUs to adopt purok system for good governance". Philippine Information Agency. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
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