Comelec prepares for barangay polls

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Monday, June 24, 2013


WITH the issuance of the guidelines for the upcoming barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls this October by the Commission on Elections (Comelec), its field units are expected to make the necessary preparations.

Lawyer Aleli Ramirez, city election officer, said they have no choice but to prepare for the elections on October 28 as mandated by law.

The last barangay and SK elections were held in October 2010 five months after the midterm elections.

Based on the Comelec calendar, the next barangay elections will be in October this year.

“Although we have not received yet the resolution but automatically that will be implemented in all local Comelec offices,” Ramirez told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro.

She pointed out that the law mandates that barangay and SK elections will be conducted every three years, unless a law has been passed moving the election to a later date.

Most of the barangay officials here are amenable to postpone the holding of barangay and SK elections.

In fact, Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president Anthony Brilleta said he would bring this debate in the upcoming national assembly of barangay officials in Manila next month.

But incoming Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno believed that President Benigno Aquino III would not allow the postponement like what happened in 2010 despite several suggestions and attempt to re-schedule the barangay and SK elections.

“I doubt if (Pres. Aquino) would agree for the postponement of barangay and SK elections especially that it is being mandated by law,” incoming City Mayor Oscar Moreno said.

Earlier, Aquino noted that while there is a proposal to have the barangay elections to be synchronized with the other elections, he stressed that a postponement could serve as a bad precedent especially in enabling the barangay folks to provide barangay officials with their mandate periodically.

The Comelec in Manila two weeks ago said that the registration for the upcoming barangay and SK polls will start from July 22 until 31, saying that such registration period is already enough to enlist all interested individuals.

Registration will be held in all offices of the election officer of the district, city or municipality where the applicant resides.

Registration applicants for the barangay polls are asked to present any document from among their current office, postal, student, senior citizen, Social Security System (SSS) or Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) IDs, Integrated Bar of the Philippines’ and National Bureau of Investigation clearance, driver’s license, passport, and Professional Regulation Commission license.

For SK registrants, they need to present any of the following: Certificate of Live Birth, baptismal certificate, school records or any other document that will establish his/her identity and other qualifications, except for Community Tax Certificates (cedulas) or certification from the barangay.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 24, 2013.

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