The Senate bill seeking to postpone the barangay election to 2022 will give incumbent barangay officials a chance to prove their worth to their respective constituents, a ruling party senator said on Tuesday in Cebu City.
Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said he purposely filed the bill to extend the term of incumbent barangay officials and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials up to October of 2022, in order to give them time to do their jobs, which will redound to the benefit of their constituents.
“I filed the bill that will postpone the barangay election from May of 2020 to October 2022 in order to give the barangay officials a time to work for the welfare of their barangays,” he said in Cebuano during his visit to 350 families who are victims of three fire incidents in Lapu-Lapu City.
Go said if the election pushes through next year, the effect would be detrimental to the incumbent barangay officials, who would only be allowed to serve for two years, which the senator described as “too short a time.”
On Oct. 2, 2017, Republic Act 10952 postponed the Oct. 23, 2017 synchronized barangay and SK polls to the second Monday of May in 2018.
The law also states that the next barangay elections shall be held in May 2020, effectively reducing the terms of candidates who won the May 2018 elections to only two years, instead of the usual three years as mandated by the previous legislation.
“Kuwang kaayo ang duha ka tuig nga ilahang pagserbisyo sa ilang barangay nga wala man silay sala nga nakaon ang ilang termino tungod sa sige’g postpone (Two years is too short a time in serving a barangay because of their shortened term due to postponement which they cannot be faulted with),” Go said.
He stressed that the barangay officials cannot implement programs for their people if their term is so short, adding that subjecting them to another election affects the basic services intended for the residents.
Meanwhile, the senator from Davao City gave assistance to around 350 families, whose houses were destroyed in three separate fire incidents in Lapu-Lapu City.
He met the victims at the Lapu-Lapu City Fire District Station 1 in Barangay Gun-ob, where some of them are temporarily staying.
Around 200 families lost their homes when a fire hit the nearby Purok Ube late Saturday night (July 13). Other victims came from Sitio Bato, Barangay Maribago, where some 80 houses were hit by a fire on Sunday night (July 14). Some were victims of another fire incident in Sitio Ibabao, Barangay Pusok, on June 20.
Go brought lunch for the families and distributed cash assistance, grocery packs and shoes to the fire victims.
He also met with the representatives of different government agencies to address the various needs of the victims.
Go said in an interview with the media here that he coordinated with the agencies to make sure that the fire victims would be able to return to their normal lives.
He explained that the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry would provide livelihood assistance to the victims, and the National Housing Authority would assess their housing needs.
The other representatives were from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and the Department of Health. Personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection also gave assistance to the victims at the event. (PNA)