- Senator Bong Go filed a bill seeking to extend the terms of barangay officials and Sangguniang Kabataan leaders to four years
- He said it wasn’t the fault of the officials that there was a postponement in the last election
- Barangay officials need to be supported because they are the “frontline” of the government, Go said
Senator-elect Christopher “Bong” Go is seeking the extension of terms of incumbent barangay officials and Sangguniang Kabataan leaders.
During the Community Mobilization Project (CMP) orientation held in Calamba City, Laguna, Go said he will file a bill to extend the terms by postponing the scheduled election from May 2020 to October 2022.
Under Go’s proposal, the term of office of current barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials will be extended to 4 years.
Go explained that the postponement of the previous barangay election was not the fault of the barangay officials.
He said, “Hindi naman nila kasalanan na kinain ang termino nila noong previous terms dahil sa kapo-postpone. Dapat ay three years, naging two years.”
The senator added 2 years is such a short term for the barangay officials to implement their programs. Go said, “Anong magagawa nila sa 2 taon? Papaano nila maipatutupad nang buo ang mga gusto nilang programa?”
Go reiterated the significant role of the barangay officials and the need to support them with the implementation of their programs. He said, “Mga barangays natin ang pinaka-frontline ng ating gobyerno sa paghahatid ng serbisyo.”
Back in October 2017, Republic Act 10952 was approved, which postponed the October 23, 2017 barangay polls to May 2018.
Under the law, it also stated that the next election will be on May 2020, thereby reducing the terms of elected officials to only two years, instead of the previous three years.
Go said he has already brought up his proposal to possibly amend the Magna Carta for Barangay Officials to President Rodrigo Duterte.