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1,070,991 candidates for barangay and SK polls

Not sure if this is a record number or not. But definitely more than one million candidates in a single poll is a herculean task for the Comelec.

This is democracy. And this is also a statement on how politics in the Philippines is a real exciting show on earth.

USEC Martin Dino of DILG who guested recently at the Kapihan sa Maynila of the Samahang Plaridel explained in simple manner why barangay position in many ways is as important as the position of the President of the Republic.

“Same qualification as the qualification for President, Senator, Congressman, and other elected position in the country,” he said. “A candidate for any barangay post must be Filipino and able to read and write.”

So simple but it constitutes responsibility in the highest level.

It was framed by our forefathers in the Constitution and this is a sacred rule and law that respect everybody who are willing to serve the country even in the smallest unit of governance which are the barangay and SK.

In an interview with Dino by the Wheelchair Observer, he added that a real dedicated official in the barangay are designed to serve 24/7.

It is a position that you must know how to handle the war in chismis, the giyera-patani of neighbors, the quarrels between husbands and wives and petty gambling from cara y cruz to tong-its.

He knew it because he served as Barangay Captain for more than 20 years

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on April 23, said that this number of candidates was the mass reply of the nation to join the political exercise in the barangay and SK level.

The Comelec said a total of 1,070,991 Filipinos filed COCs for the barangay and SK elections. Whether it is a record number is as important as sure incoming change in barangay and SK leadership.

The 684,785 candidates are running for the barangay level while 386,206 others ran for the SK.

Another DILG officer Jonathan Malaya said their department is “very pleased with the results of the just-concluded filing of certificates of candidacy for the barangay and SK elections.

I do not know if this is a record number, but this really shows the vibrancy of our democracy, that there are a lot of people who have responded to the call of the government for change on the barangay level.”

The number of COC filers is a sure indication how change in the barangay leadership is fast marching on. The election was twice postponed since DU30 govern as President. The president even announced that it is better to appoint officers in the barangay.

Referring on his desire to avoid the proliferation of drug money in running the barangay government and the claws of narco-politics in the campaign.

But the idea in appointing political posts in the barangay and SK was contradicted by the provisions in the constitution.

According to the Local Government Code, the barangay “serves as the primary planning and implementing unit of government policies, plans, programs, projects, and activities in the community, and as a forum wherein the collective views of the people may be expressed, crystallized and considered, and where disputes may be amicably settled.”

On the other hand, the Sangguniang Kabataan is a “council that is supposed to initiate programs and fund-raising activities for the youth in the barangay, among other things.”

The election shall elect the Punong Barangay, more commonly known as barangay captains, and members of the Sangguniang Barangay, or barangay council, in 42,028 barangays (villages) throughout the country whose terms start in November 2017.

Barangays are the smallest local government unit in the Philippines.

May 4, 2018 to May 12 is the campaign period. Election silence is on May 13th. Election day is on Monday, May 14.

“Huwag maliitin and halalan sa barangay. Milyon and kandidato. Ang boto na bibilangin ang magdedesisyon sa kapalaran ng inyong barangay. Magdesisyeon ng pinakamabutin desisyon sa pagpili ng inyong lider-barangay.”

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