2020 brgy polls postponement pressed

July 02, 2019

A BARANGAY chairman-turned-congressman has filed a bill postponing the May 2020 barangay elections to May 2023.

Isabela Rep. Faustino “Inno” Dy V, who will represent the newly-created district of the province, said he would spend his first year in office pushing for the passage of a measure rescheduling barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls to May 2023.

According to Rep. Dy, barangay executives should serve for a full five-year term to better serve their constituents and to ensure uninterrupted government frontline projects.

Rep. Dy filed House Bill No. 47 or An Act Postponing the May 2020 Barangay and SK Elections, which moves the synchronized barangay and SK polls scheduled on the second Monday of May 2020 to the second Monday of May 2023.

The succeeding elections shall be conducted every five years thereafter, the bill proposes.

The bill, if passed, will affect just over 670,000 barangay and SK officials belonging to the country’s 41,948 barangays.

“This bill is consistent with the call of members of the Liga ng mga Barangay (LNB) to be granted a fixed term that will give them enough time to implement and promote long-term programs and advocacies without interruption and political interference,” Dy, who served as National President of the Liga ng mga Barangay,  said.

“As a former barangay official, I know firsthand that given the functions and duties barangay execs are expected to fulfill, the current term of office set by law is too short for them to implement meaningful and sustainable developmental programs at the grassroots level,” he added.