By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard Today
The Senate committee on local government, chaired by Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., has approved the bill seeking to fix a 5-year term of office for Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials. Their current term is good for 3-years.
Senate Bill 3296, introduced by Marcos, also calls for the extension of the term of barangay and SK officials, elected during the Oct. 25, 2010 elections, up to Nov. 30, 2015.
In lieu of the synchronized barangay and SK elections to be on Oct. 2013, the Marcos bill proposes to give these officials until the last Monday of October 2015 and every five years thereafter.
In his statement, Marcos said his bill would save billions of pesos for the government, which could be used to fund other aspects of national development.
He pointed out that the estimated P3 billion required to finance the barangay and SK elections every three years, “is so enormous to escape public scrutiny and consideration in the light of our budgetary constraints.”