Will the Barangay and SK elections bring change? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 October 2010 11:28

The teachers who will serve as board of election inspectors (BEI) are now prepared for the Barangay and SK elections. Though recently some of them were disqualified to man the elections because a lot of them are relatives of aspiring candidates, while other teachers have accepted the task.

The elections are a few days away. It is scheduled on October 25, 2010. President  Aquino III has declared it a special non- working holiday. Since October 14, candidates have started campaigning and promising sweet words to the constituents. We all know pretty well that the barangay is the smallest unit of our government but the budget may possibly increase elsewhere where some projects left untouched or have not been completed due to corruption and mismanagement.

Our President is seen to veto a bill that may be enacted by Congress regarding this postponement. He is also in fact advocating its synchronization with the 2013 Midterm Elections. Reportedly, he is pushing for the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan, and is also opting for the election of only one youth representative in each barangay. However, Some congressmen are attempting to block this move, but instead suggesting SK's reformation.

As per Resolution No. 9029, there are at least four available positions to be filled up: Punong Barangay, Sangguniang Barangay Kagawad, Sangguniang Chairman and Sangguniang Kagawad.  Comelec released Minute Resolution No. 10-0906 which dictates that there will be Special Elections in the ARMM, Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Region 3 and Bulacan on November 13, 2010. Meanwhile, on October 25, 2010 is a Synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections as per RA. 9340.

The period for filing application for registration, transfer of registration, change of name, correction of entries, reactivation of deactivated registration record for 25 October 2010 Barangay and SK Elections already ended last 13 and 15 of August 2010.

The Comelec gun ban will remain in effect until November 10, the end of the election period. Comelec, on the other hand, said that manual voting will still be used in the elections. The campaign period is scheduled to end on October 23. All barangay and SK candidates are allowed to spend only P3 per registered voter in the community where he seeks to be elected as per Comelec Resolution 8320.

The future of your barangay lies completely on your hands. So, in the coming political exercise, let’s cast our votes for people who can serve us rather than us serving them. Servants must be having the goal and dedication to embrace the entire community and not only looking after his own family‘s welfare. Those who work very hard even on wee hours just to bring positive change and results in the community should be the ones in our lists. Vote wisely.

By AMPARO M. SOLATORIO

Last Updated on Friday, 22 October 2010 11:29