MANDAUE City Lone District Rep. Emmarie “Lolypop” Ouano-Dizon has joined other officials in the call to postpone the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) scheduled this December 2022.

She has filed a bill in the House of Representatives pushing for the reschedule.

The lawmaker’s House Bill (HB) 1254, filed on July 5, 2022, seeks to move the village and youth polls from Dec. 5 to Oct. 9, 2023, and the succeeding elections to May 11, 2026.

Ouano-Dizon said the BSKE must be moved “to allow our incumbent officials to continue to perform their functions.”

She wanted the village officials “to achieve goals they have set in their respective programs and long-term plan for their respective barangays, as well as to be able to effectively use all available resources for the transition to the new administration” of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Ouano-Dizon is the second lawmaker from Cebu who filed a measure seeking the BSKE postponement.

Cebu City North District Rep. Rachel “Cutie” del Mar filed HB 133, seeking to move BSKE to Dec. 4, 2023, to allow the country to concentrate on other economic programs that would be beneficial to the people.

During the 18th Congress in 2021, Davao Oriental Rep. Joel Almario filed HB 10425, which sought to reschedule the village and youth councils elections to May 6, 2024, saying the government must focus more on pandemic recovery.

Village elections complete the election cycle in the Philippines.

After the midterm elections in 2013, elections for barangay were held except for Sangguniang Kabataan.

No village polls were held in 2016 after these were postponed by Congress. The last Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections in the Philippines were held on May 14, 2018.