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Bill filed in House rescheduling barangay, SK polls to May 2023

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Isabela Rep. Faustino “Inno” Dy V said on Tuesday he has filed a bill rescheduling barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls from May 2020 to May 2023, citing the need for barangay executives to serve full five-year terms.

House Bill No. 47, or “An Act Postponing the May 2020 Barangay and SK Elections,” moves the synchronized barangay and SK polls scheduled on the second Monday of May 2020 to the second Monday of May 2023.

This, according to Dy, would essentially give the current officials who were voted last 2018 a full five-year term.

The succeeding elections shall be conducted every five years thereafter, he proposed.

The bill, if passed, will affect just over 670,000 barangay and SK officials belonging to the country’s 41,948 barangays.

According to Dy, who recently served as National President of the Liga ng mga Barangay, “this bill is consistent with the call of members of the Liga ng mga Barangay (LNB) to be granted a fixed term that will give them enough time to implement and promote long-term programs and advocacies without interruption and political interference.”

“The most recent Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections were conducted in May last year. If we hold the next election for these public servants in May next year, that only gives them woefully short, inadequate two-year terms,” he said.

“As a former barangay official, I know firsthand that given the functions and duties barangay execs are expected to fulfill, the current term of office set by law is too short for them to implement meaningful and sustainable developmental programs at the grassroots level,” Dy said.

“If we push through with the barangay elections next year, that will mark the third straight year voters will troop to the polls. That’s four elections in a span of five years, from 2016 to 2020. Let’s give our people, let’s give our teachers, a much-deserved break,” he said.

“Tama na muna ang pulitika, trabaho muna. Our barangay officials just want to work,” Dy added.

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