5,183 hopefuls file COCs for barangay polls-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Monday, October 21, 2013
AN EXPECTED increase in honoraria of barangay officials might have triggered the unprecedented high turnout of hopefuls who filed their Certificates of Candidacy (COCs) last week.
This according to Commission on Elections Baguio-Benguet provincial election supervisor Elenita Tabangin-Capuyan might have influenced some candidates in filing their COCs last week.
But more than this motivation, Capuyan said many officials might have also been inspired by recent controversies in government service prompting many residents to file their COCs in order to correct this notion of corruption that is ingrained in public officials.
Capuyan stressed the growing interest of entering public service is seen as a welcome sign saying many people are now motivated to serve their communities.
She said former Sanguniang Kabataan officials who qualified for positions as barangay kagawad might have also filed their COCs after representatives from the youth sector were suddenly displaced in barangay leadership after President Benigno Aquino III approved the bill postponing the SK elections.
This was shown in the recent filing of COCs where candidates as young as 18 years old and senior citizens lined-up to vie for various positions that will be left vacant in elections that will be held next week.
In Baguio City, the Comelec data reported some 2,192 people filed COCs to run as barangay kagawad while some 335 individuals filed COCs to run as punong barangay.
Other towns in Benguet also registered high turnout of those who filed their COCs with some 4,508 filed their COCs to run as barangay kagawad and 675 filed their candidacies for punong barangay, the Comelec official said.
Meanwhile, Baguio city election officer-in-charge Anita Navalta said they have started the three-day training for various Board of Election Inspectors and Board of Canvassers yesterday.
Some 1,416 BETs and BOCs will serve in manual polls at some 472 clustered precincts scattered in some 59 voting centers in Baguio in the upcoming polls on October 28, Monday.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 22, 2013.