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Barangay poll winners will serve only 2 years

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By Leslie Ann Aquino

Those who will win in the May 14, 2018, Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls will only have a two-year term.

Former Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said this is because the next village and youth polls will be in May 2020.

Hopeful candidates for the 2018 Barangay/ SK elections line up to submit their COCs (certificate of candidacy) at the Comelec Office in Arroceros, Manila. (ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

Hopeful candidates for the 2018 Barangay/ SK elections line up to submit their COCs (certificate of candidacy) at the Comelec Office in Arroceros, Manila.
(ALI VICOY / MANILA BULLETIN)

“The next barangay polls will be in 2020. So, this term will be for two years only; then its back to three years after,” he said in a forum in Manila Wednesday.

Section 1 of Republic Act No. 10952, which postponed the October 23, 2017 village and youth polls to the second Monday of May 2018, states that subsequent synchronized barangay and SK elections shall be held on the second Monday of May 2020 and every three years thereafter.

The barangay and youth polls have already been postponed twice, first in 2016 and second in 2017.

Meanwhile, Larrazabal believes the per diem that the teachers, who will serve as Board of Election Tellers in the upcoming May polls, should be higher due to the manual system.

“In manual elections, you have to process the voting but also count the votes. I think the per diem should be higher because there’s more work. They end the voting at 5 pm, but they might end a few hours after,” he said.

Larrazabal said this is unlike when the polls are automated.

Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez, meantime, said that the BETs will receive a per diem or honorarium but did not reveal the details yet as they are still finalizing the Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Education.

“One thing I am sure of is that the is that the compensation will be based on the days of service that they will render,” he said.

Republic Act 10756 states that only public school teachers, who are willing and available, shall be tasked to render election services.

In case of shortage, the COMELEC may tap private school teachers; followed by national government employees; and any registered voter of the city or municipality of known integrity and competence, who is not connected with any candidate or political party.

The poll body will be needing more than 530,000 teachers to man the 177,000 polling precincts during the May 14 elections.

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