Barangay elections

March 27, 2022 People's Tonight 942 views

SEVEN months after the May 9 elections, the nation’s registered voters go to the polls anew on December 5 to elect new barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials.

But unlike our regular national and local polls, the barangay /SK election is non-partisan, meaning it is “off-limits” to the country’s politicians and political parties.

Village and SK officials cannot campaign or endorse the candidacy of any person. More so, they cannot use the resources of the barangays for political activities.

The people, including the ordinary citizens, called on the politicians to stop using our barangay and youth officials to score “pogi” points or further their political agenda.

Note that there are moves to postpone anew the forthcoming village and SK elections.

In fact, a proposed legislation seeking to extend the term of office of barangay and youth officials is awaiting consideration in the House of Representatives.

However, the bill has drawn the ire of various quarters, pointing out that Congress members should not stop the people from ridding our barangays of “rotten eggs.”

“Kailangang matanggal sa puwesto ang mga walang silbing opisyal ng barangay at SK. Dapat matuloy ang nakatakdang eleksyon sa Disyembre 5,” an irate voter said.

“Siyempre, takot sa botante ang mga abusado at tamad na opisyal ng barangay at SK kaya ayaw nilang matuloy ang parating na eleksyon,” the voter added.

So, let’s go ahead with the scheduled village and SK elections on Decemeber 5.

And we share the view of many that there’s a need to maintain the non-partisan nature of our barangays. Village and youth officials must shun partisan politics at all costs.