An overwhelming majority of barangay chairmen in the City of Paranaque, considered a stronghold of the ruling Liberal Party, had welcomed independent vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos when his “Unity Caravan” visited the city Wednesday.
This developed after 13 out of the 16 barangay chairmen of the city, whose incumbent mayor is a member of the LP, attended a private meeting with Marcos in a fast food outlet near the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran.
I am glad that you are willing to listen to our call for national unity,” said Marcos.
Having served as governor of Ilocos Norte, Marcos said he is aware of the concerns of local government officials, particularly in the barangay level, and that he would always work to promote the interest of local government units.
In particular, Marcos reported to them the approval last December in the Senate of his bill to provide monetary benefits to retiring barangay officials and volunteer workers.
Likewise, Marcos reiterated his support for the call of the Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas for the postponement of the forthcoming barangay elections in October this year to enable Congress to review the term limits of elected barangay officials.
The warm welcome Marcos received in Paranaque is typical of the warm reception he has been getting from local government officials, particularly barangay officials, in practically all the areas that he had visited during the campaign period.
On the very same day he was meeting with the Paranaque barangay chairmen, the Barangay Councilors League of the Philippines (BCLP), through its national president, Ricardo B. Junio, a kagawad in Valenzuela City, issued a manifesto of support for Marcos.
The BCLP credited Marcos for sponsoring and securing the Senate approval of Senate Bill No. 12 entitled, “An Act Providing Barangay Officials, including Barangay Tanods, Members of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, Barangay Health Workers and Barangay Day Care Workers Retirement Benefits.”
The measure provides a retirement pay of P100,000 for each qualified Barangay Chairman, P80,000 for each member of Sangguniang Barangay, and P50,000 each for the Barangay Treasurer and Secretary, Barangay Tanod, Member of the Lupon ng Tagapamayapa, and Barangay Health and Day Care Workers.