By Marlon Purificacion | People's Journal Online
SENATOR Bongbong Marcos said the government will save P16 billion if the terms of barangay and youth (or Sangguniang Kabataan, SK) officials will be extended from three to five years beginning 2015.
Marcos recently filed Senate Bill 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 youth officials 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.
According to Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) spends Php8 billion every barangay elections. And the five elections beginning in 2013 up to 2025 would need at least Php40 billion allocations. “If we fix their term to five years, there will be three elections (2015, 2020 and 2025), and the government will...(save) P16 billion which can be used for other basic services,” he explained.
Section 2 of the bill provides that “the term of office of all barangay and SK officials shall be five 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 in 2015 which will give the incumbent officials elected on October 25, 2010, a holdover of two years.