Term extension of village execs proposed

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

CAGAYAN de Oro Representative Rufus B. Rodriguez and Abante Mindanao party-list Rep. Maximo Rodriguez filed House Bill (HB) 5991 that seeks to extend the term of elected village officials to two years after the next barangay elections.

The two lawmakers said that aside of the costly exercises, the three-year term of barangay officials is too short “for unity and stability in barangay leadership and affairs.”

“It is not enough to ensure that the programs of the barangay are carried out properly considering the fact that it cannot be denied that the last year of the term is basically used for campaigning,” said Rufus.


He said the additional two years to the term of office of village officials is to ensure more stability in the barangay level and for the programs initiated by the current leaders to come to fruition.

The bill cited that the National Government spent some P3.6 billion in the May 2010 barangay elections. It also cited the costly exercise of barangay elections both for the candidates and the National Government.

Representative Rufus added that with a country whose budget deficit was estimated to reach a record high of P349 billion by the end of the year, P3.6 billion was too high to spend on barangay elections.

The approval of HB 5991 sought to amend Section 43 of Republic Act 7160, or the Local Government Code of the Philippines, by increasing to two years the term of office of village leaders. (Annabelle L. Ricalde)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 30, 2012.

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