Voters urged to choose God-fearing brgy leaders PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 November 2013 13:57

God-fearing and environment-conscious.

These are the two qualities that District 1 Councilor Luis ‘Noning’ Biel III urge voters to look for among candidates vying for different positions in the forthcoming special barangay elections.

Biel said it is very important that both those running for the position of barangay chairman and councilman (kagawad) should have a fear of God because it ensures that once elected, they will likewise shy away from doing what is not proper and legal.

“Even Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Sixto Brillantes reminded voters prior to last October 28’s synchronized barangay elections, against choosing candidates who are tough, drunkards, gamblers, and womanizers, and I share the same advocacy when it comes to electing people to lead in the barangays for the next three years,” Biel said.

At the same, Biel, who constantly advocate for tree planting activities in the city’s localities said that candidates must also include in their priorities measures to protect the environment, especially now, that many parts of Zamboanga City become flooded during rainy season.

“If they have rivers in their barangays, they should at least spearhead the planting of variety of trees along their riverbanks, including those already rip-rapped by the city, to minimize if not totally eradicate, cases of soil erosion and to protect the lives of people living along these riverbanks from inevitable floodings,” reminded Biel.

He also called on the wannebe barangay officials to start minding about the status of their rivers by reviving it, following observations that in some barangays, rivers have become  outlets for garbage, as well as animal’s and human’s waste.

“In rivers in the city’s east and west coasts, where quarrying activities for sand and gravel become unabated, planting of trees along its banks would at least prevent the destruction of such natural waterways,” Biel explained.

Hundreds of hopefuls for the city’s 98 positions for barangay chairman and 686 for barangay kagawad (councilor), started lining-up at Comelec’s temporary local office along Villalobos St. beginning last Thursday, November 7, to file for their respective certificates of candidacy (COC), which will last until November 15 only.

Comelec has set midnight of November 16 until midnight of November 23 as campaign period, while November 25, 2013 as special election day. — Philip Abuy