Solon seeks postponement of Barangay, SK elections

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MANILA, May 29 (PNA) -- A lawmaker will ask Congress to reset the holding of the Barangay and the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections scheduled this October 2013 to the last day of October 2014.

Rep. Rene L. Relampagos (1st District, Bohol) said he will re-file House Bill 6198 in the 16th Congress, which aims to reset the date of synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

Relampagos said he would push for the postponement because “the elections in the barangay level and SK will definitely need a substantial amount of government budgetary allocation.”

“The billions of pesos that will be saved in this barangay and SK elections can definitely be utilized by the State for various worthwhile projects and programs for the improvement of the quality of life of the Filipinos,” he added.

“Furthermore, it has been argued that the present three year term of the barangay official is not adequate to guarantee that the projects of the barangay are properly implemented, hence an extension would be practical to make certain that these programs and projects initiated by the barangay will be appropriately carried out and would come to its completion,” Relampagos said.

Twelve more bills were filed separately in the 15th Congress calling for the postponement of the barangay level and SK elections. The measures were referred to the House Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms.

Relampagos’ measure resets the date of the synchronized Barangay and SK elections from last Monday of October 2013 to the last Monday of October 2014.

The term of office of all barangay and SK officials shall be five years and shall commence at noon of November 30 next following their election.

The measure amends Republic Act 9340, otherwise known as, “An Act Amending Republic Act 9164, Resetting the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections, and for other Purposes.”

The Commission on Election shall promulgate the implementing rules and regulations necessary to implement this Act. (Media ng Bayan)

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