Go files bill extending terms of barangay, SK officials
July 09, 2019 - Tuesday 11:07 AM by MDMSenator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in a recent visit to his home city of Davao.
Noting that the postponement of the previous barangay elections has limited the term of current officials to only two years, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has filed a bill seeking to extend the terms of office of the local officials to give them “ample time and continuity to pursue and implement the programs they have set in their respective jurisdictions.”
As he committed during the Senatorial campaign, Go filed a bill calling for the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections from May 2020 to October 2022.
“Mga barangays natin ang pinaka-frontline ng ating gobyerno sa paghahatid ng serbisyo at sa kampanya natin laban sa iligal na droga at kriminalidad,” Go said.
(The barangays are in the front line of government in delivering services and our campaign against illegal drugs and cime.)
“Kaya dapat lang na mabigyan natin sila ng sapat na panahon upang makapagpatupad ng kani-kanilang mga programa at proyekto sa kanilang mga nasasakupan,” he added.
(That's why we have to give them enough time to complete their respective programs and projects for the constituents.)
In an interview after filling the bill, Go said as top aide of President Rodrigo Duterte for many years since the latter was mayor of Davao City, he is familiar with the kind of work that barangay officials render to their communities.
“Galing din ako sa local government. Sila [barangay officials] talaga ang nagdadala ng basic services at nagpapanatili ng peace and order sa kanilang mga barangay. Napakahalaga nila sa kanilang constituents,” he said.
(I also came from local government. They [barangay officials] are the ones who deliver basic services and maintain peace and order in the barangays. They are very important to their constituents.)
The term of incumbent barangay officials was reduced to two years after Republic Act 10952, approved on October 2, 2017, deferred the 2017 barangay and SK elections and moved it to May 2018.
The law further stipulated the next polls to be held on May 2020, reducing the terms of candidates who won the May 2018 elections only two years instead of the three years mandated by the previous law.
“Hindi naman po kasalanan ng mga barangay officials ang postponement ng nakaraang eleksyon. Anong magagawa nila sa dalawang taon? Papaano nila maipapatupad ng buo ang mga gusto nilang programa? Ito po ang dahilan kaya gusto ko itong i-extend,” Go said.
(It's not the barangay officials' fault that the previous elections had been postponed. What can they do in just two years? How can they complete their programs? This is why I want their terms to be extended.)
If passed into law, the bill will move the next barangay and SK elections to the second Monday of October 2022 and every three years thereafter.
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