Guingona eyes six-year term for village officials

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A lawmaker has filed a bill seeking to extend the term of barangay (village) officials from the current three years to six years with an
option to run for reelection.

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Senator Teofisto Guingona 3rd filed Senate Bill 2390, or “An Act Extending The Term of Barangay Officials to Six Years,” ostensibly to help village officials implement and sustain projects they have for their respective villages.

Guingona said the measure is intended to improve local stability and maximize training programs given to barangay officials, particularly on disaster risk reduction and management.

He added the proposed measure was not meant to just prolong the term of village officials but rather for them to focus on their long-term programs while also saving the money being spent on barangay elections every three years.

Under the bill, no barangay official shall serve for more than two consecutive terms in the same position if the six-year term becomes a law.

“Let us lay the groundwork for empowering our local officials to focus on long-term programs and projects that would benefit the people directly” Guingona explained.

“Our barangay officials are not just called to serve but to lead. Like all government officials, we all should not only do our job competently but with integrity” he pointed out.

Article 10, Section 8, of the current Philippine Constitution limits the term of local officials including barangay officers to three years.
No elective official shall serve for more than three consecutive terms.

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