Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday expressed his support for the postponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, saying that it will give the next Philippine president a chance to work with new barangay and SK officials.
During the Senate session, Go suggested the next barangay and SK elections can be held in October 2022 immediately after the next national elections scheduled in May 2022 but he is also open to holding it in May 2023, as suggested by other senators and stakeholders.
“I support the postponement of the elections as it will give the next President a chance to work hand in hand with the new Barangay and SK officials to synchronize and accomplish their projects and programs,” Go said.
“By holding the next barangay and SK elections immediately after the presidential elections, a new president can work with newly elected barangay and SK officials and set the direction for programs to be implemented in the barangay level,” he added.
The plenary is currently deliberating Senate Bill (SB) No. 1043, which seeks to postpone the elections from May 2020 to after the 2022 Presidential Elections and if the bill is passed into law, the term of current barangay and SK officials will not be limited to only two years anymore.