Cañete: Brgy elections winners to serve for only two years Print
Saturday, 19 May 2018 16:07


City Comelec Officer Atty. Stephen Roy Cañete on Friday disclosed that candidates who won in the May 14, 2018 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections will be serving for only two years, instead of the usual 3 years mandated by law.

In an interview with local reporters, Atty. Cañete pointed out that it is because of Republic Act 10952, which reset the Barangay and SK elections to May 2018, that has also scheduled the next elections for May 2020.

“After this, the polls would be held every 3 years again,” the comelec officer stressed.

Under the said law, "subsequent synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections shall be held on the second Monday of May 2020 and every 3 years thereafter."

Hence, their terms will begin on June 30 of the same year, Cañete added.

He pointed out that that the terms of office of Barangay and SK officials have varied over the years. The Local Government Code (LGC) passed in 1991 initially set their terms to 3 years, then this was changed to 5 years, then back to 3 years again.

Cañete also explained that there were also several times that the village polls were rescheduled, effectively extending the officials' stay in office. Before last Monday’s barangay elections, the incumbent village officials had been in power for almost 5 years, following two postponements of the elections.

However, Cañete said that everything still depends on Congress whether they will amend the present existing law governing the barangay polls.

He added that most of the barangay officials before hand already know that their new term  of office will be only be up to 2020 since the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has informed them during several seminars and trainings.

Meanwhile, Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco Salazar is expected to tender a simple get-together and victory party for all the winning candidates in the Barangay and SK elections coming from the city’s 98 barangays.

The get-together and fellowship party will be held this morning at a local hotel.—Jemuel E. Mojica