What’s up for our barangays?
What’s up for our barangays1?
Surigao del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers filed HB 5359 to not only postpone the October 2017 barangay and SK elections to the 4th Monday of May 2020 but it also authorizes the President to fill up all 42,036 barangay posts with “officers-in-charge” (OICs).
It seems that majority agree that there is a need to postpone the barangay elections because of the valid concern raised by President Duterte that “if the barangay elections would proceed as planned, the winners might be financed by drug money”.
The big question mark now is whether our present barangay officials will stay on a holdover capacity or will they yield to be replaced by an OIC to be appointed by President Duterte?
Some argue that this mode of filling in barangay positions cannot be changed
from elective to appointive by mere legislative enactment except through a constitutional amendment.
I was told by a reliable source that DILG’s National Barangay Operations Office or NBOO has already received piles of letters recommending names and also from applicants for these OIC barangay positions.
Last week, the LNB or the Liga ng mga barangay held its national convention with the theme “Building Capabilities and Sustaining Dynamism for Positive Change”. The venue was overflowing with barangay officials or “Kapitans” coming from all over the country. They all want to be updated on so many pressing issues – from the proposed shift to federalism, DILG updates, to their vital role on the anti-drug campaign. But one can feel the tension in the room as they were about to tackle their position on the recent pronouncements of Malacanang.
In Part 2 of my next article, I will share more about these updates on the barangays. For now, Kapit mga Kapitans! Change is coming even for our barangays!
1A barangay (Brgy. or Bgy.), formerly referred to as barrio, is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward. In colloquial usage, the term often refers to an inner city neighbourhood, a suburb or a suburban neighborhood. The word barangay originated from balangay, a kind of boat used by a group of Austronesian peoples when they migrated to the Philippines.
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