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Barangay, SK Elections: Cornerstone of Grassroots Governance 

After two consecutive postponements, the Filipino voting public eagerly awaits the resumption of the much-anticipated barangay and SK elections. As the cornerstone of grassroots governance, these elections grant local communities the power to shape their own destinies and actively participate in decision-making processes.

The Barangay Elections

The rescheduled barangay elections hold immense significance for Filipino communities as they prepare to elect leaders who will navigate their barangays through the challenges ahead for the next three years. These crucial positions embody the hopes and dreams of the local populace.

Barangay Captain: The Barangay Captain, or Punong Barangay, assumes the role of the chief executive officer of the barangay. They implement policies and programs that directly impact the lives of community members, ensuring peace, order, and the overall welfare of constituents. His/her duties and responsibilities include overseeing barangay operations, promoting citizen participation, managing resources, and representing the barangay in external affairs.

Barangay Kagawad: Working alongside the Barangay Captain, Barangay Kagawad, or council members, serve as the bridge between the community and the elected leader. These Kagawad take on various roles within the barangay's committees, addressing the diverse needs of the community and ensuring that no voice goes unheard. Their responsibilities include participating in barangay council meetings, proposing and enacting local ordinances, overseeing specific areas such as health, education, and infrastructure, and resolving disputes among constituents.

The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections

Simultaneously held with the barangay elections, the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections offer young Filipinos a unique opportunity to shape their local communities and contribute to the nation's development.

SK Chairperson: The SK Chairperson, elected by the youth members within the barangay, serves as a dynamic leader who represents the aspirations and concerns of the youth. They bridge the gap between the younger demographic and the barangay council, advocating for youth-oriented programs, projects, and policies. Their responsibilities include organizing youth activities, engaging with local youth organizations, and promoting youth participation in decision-making processes.

SK Kagawad: Joining forces with the SK Chairperson, SK Kagawad/Councilors emerge as the youthful driving force behind community development. These elected representatives passionately contribute to the formulation and implementation of programs that address the specific needs and aspirations of their fellow young citizens. They actively participate in SK council meetings, provide inputs on youth-related issues, and collaborate with the SK Chairperson in executing youth-focused projects and initiatives.

The Importance of Barangay and SK Elections

The barangay and SK elections are essential for grassroots governance in the Philippines. These elections provide local communities with a voice in shaping their own destinies and ensure that the needs of the people are met. By electing competent and committed leaders, citizens can strengthen their communities and build a more vibrant democracy.

 How to qualify for Barangay and SK Elections positions

To qualify to run for barangay and SK elections, candidates must meet the following requirements:

 Barangay Captain and Kagawad:

  • A citizen of the Philippines;
  • A registered voter in the Barangay where the aspirant seeks to be elected;
  • A resident in the Barangay for at least 1 year immediately preceding the day of the election;
  • Able to read and write Filipino or any local language or dialect; and
  • At least 18 years of age on election day.

SK Chairperson and Kagawad:

  • A citizen of the Philippines;
  • A qualified voter of the Katipunan ng Kabataan;
  • A resident of the Barangay for not less than 1 year immediately preceding the day of the election;
  • Able to read and write Filipino, English or the local dialect;
  • Must not be related within the 2nd civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national official or to any incumbent elected regional, provincial, municipal, or barangay official in the locality where the aspirant seeks to be elected; and
  • Must not have been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.

The upcoming barangay and SK elections are a critical opportunity for Filipino citizens to shape their own destinies and build a stronger democracy. By voting for competent and committed leaders, citizens can ensure that their voices are heard and that their needs are met. (AP – PIA CPSD)

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Kate Shiene Austria

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Information Officer III under the Creative and Production Services Division of the Philippine Information Agency. 

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