10,700 aspirants aim for barangay posts in Manila-A A +A
Monday, October 14, 2013
ALMOST 10,700 aspiring barangay officials already filed their Certificates of Candidacy (COC) in Manila, as deadline for the filing draws near, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) said Monday.
As of Monday afternoon, Comelec said a total of 10,678 aspirants filed their COCs in the city's 896 barangays.
The poll body said 1,847 aspirants will vie for the position of barangay chairman while 8,831 will attempt to bag seats in the barangay councils.
In the latest tally released by Comelec-Manila, District 1, (West Tondo) registered the largest number of candidates for the October 28 polls, with 706 eyeing the barangay chairman position while 1,570 aiming to become barangay councilors.
On the other hand, Districts 4 and 5 have the largest number of barangays with 192 and 194, respectively.
Ernesto Verdejo, District 2 election assistant, said that they are expecting more candidates to file their COCs since the deadline is already approaching. The filing period for the barangay polls ends on October 17.
Meanwhile, in the town of Balagtas in Bulacan, 114 individuals eyeing various barangay seats filed their COCs as of Monday afternoon.
Emelyn Mendoza, acting election officer, said they were expecting almost 600 candidates to register their participation in the upcoming polls.
Balagtas consists of nine barangays: Wawa, Borol 1st, Borol 2nd, Dalig, Longos, Panginay, Pulong Gubat, San Juan and Santol.
The municipality has a total of 314 established precincts and 134 clustered precincts. Balagtas has 40,136 registered voters for the barangay polls.
Panginay, being the barangay with the highest number registered voters, is also expected to have the most number of candidates in the polls.
Mendoza warned candidates are only allowed to spend P5.00 for each registered voters during the campaign period.
In Resolution 9749, the Comelec said the campaign period for the barangay polls starts on October 18 up to 26.
An environmentalist group meantime urged aspiring barangay officials to campaign clean and reduce waste generation throughout the election period.
"Four days before the campaign period begins, we call on all well-meaning barangay candidates and their supporters to be environmentally responsible and commit themselves to 'zero waste' election campaigning," said EcoWaste Coalition in a statement Monday.
The group is particularly concern over the use of tarpaulins, which they said contains harmful substances.
According to Aileen Lucero, National Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition this was based on the results of their study showing that of the 200 tarpaulin samples used by candidates in the May 13 elections, 51 samples (25 percent) have lead up to 1,704 parts per million (ppm) while all of them (100 percent) contain cadmium up to 1,279 ppm.
"You can spot these tarpaulins everywhere -- in pedicabs and tricycles, in sari-sari stores, in public markets and in residences. We fear a repeat of the avalanche of tarpaulin waste that happened during the last national elections," Lucero said.
She also cited the excessive use of tarpaulin banners, usually made of the heavily toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC plastic); unchecked littering in campaign sorties; collection of unsorted wastes; open dumping and open burning of campaign discards; and posting of propaganda materials on trees and outside designated areas during the May 13 national and local elections.
"By 'zero waste' campaigning, we mean conscious efforts by would-be barangay officials and their supporters to actively eliminate garbage and pollution during campaign sorties and public assemblies," she added. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/Third Anne Peralta/FP/Sunnex)