Marcos wants to extend terms of Barangay, SK officials to save P16B

SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., said that the government will save P16 billion in precious resources if the terms of Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials will be extended from 3 to 5 years beginning 2015.

Marcos filed recently Senate Bill No. 3296 to be known as “Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Official Term of Office Act of 2012, which seeks to fix the term of office of barangay and Sanguniang Kabataan official to five years, up by two from the current three years

“The now you hear it, now you don’t issue about the length of duty of barangay officials may finally be put to rest once the proposed measure adjusting the term limits to a longer period of time is enacted,” Marcos said on Tuesday.

According to Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government, the Commission on Election (Comelec) is spending P8 billion every barangay elections. And for five elections beginning in 2013 up to 2025, there would be 5 elections which needs P40 billion allocations.

“If we fix their term to five years, there will be three elections (2015, 2020, and 2025), and the government will only spent P8 billion for each election thus saving P16 billion which can be used for other basic services,” Marcos explained.

Section 2 of the bill provides that “the term of office of all barangay and SK officials shall be five (5) years which shall commence at noon of November 20, next following their election.”

Moreover, Marcos also proposed that the next election of barangay and youth officials be synchronized on 2015 which will give the incumbent officials elected on October 25, 201, a holdover of two years.

Marcos noted that several postponements of barangay and SKL elections in the past due to lack of sufficient funds to bankroll the exercise.

But the clamor to change the existing 3-year term to five years has been cropping up every now and then and normally heats up when a barangay election are approaching.

“While the right of suffrage is unquestionably paramount and constitutionally protected the benefit of holding barangay and SK election every three years rather than at a longer period is a pressing issue,” Marcos explained.

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