An Act postponing the barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections to the last Monday of February 2017.
The Filipino electorate had just elected national and local officials in the country last May 9, 2016. The synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections are already scheduled to happen after barely five (5) months from the said political exercise pursuant to Republic Act No. 9164.
The said law does not give a lot of breathing space to all those who are directly involved in the elections from the COMELEC officials and employees, teachers, members of civic and religious organizations, public officials, and the electorate themselves by holding the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in the same year as the local and national elections. More importantly, the COMELEC must be given ample time to address the several issues raised by stakeholders about the system used in the recently concluded elections.
The Barangay, the most fundamental unit of the political system of the Philippines, plays a central role in the formulation, evaluation, and implementation of government policies. It is an effective way of reaching the grassroots and catering to the immediate needs of the members of its community.
Moving the scheduled elections will definitely allow the Filipino people to take a little longer pause before immersing themselves again into another crucial political activity. The resetting of the scheduled elections is also seen to aid in achieving its intention to be a non-partisan political activity.
It is therefore the objective of this bill to reset the synchronized Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections scheduled on the last Monday of October 2016 to the last Monday of February 2017.
Moreover, considering the strong clamor for amendment or revision to the Constitution through a Constitutional Convention as allowed in Article 17 of the 1987 Constitution, it will be more practical and economical for the government to hold the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections simultaneously with the election of the delegates to the said convention.
The approval of this bill is earnestly sought.
LUIS RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.