Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) leaders can now focus on governance, as the House of Representatives is already sure of passing its own bill postponing the conduct of the May 2020 Barangay and SK elections.
The Senate had already passed its version of the bill on third and final reading last September.
Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said the House bill postponing the Barangay and SK elections is one of the priority measures being targeted for approval before the Congress goes on another recess for the Christmas holidays.
He said the postponement is already considered “done”, and what they will now determine is when the next elections will be held.
“Done na iyan. Ang question lang is when the elections will be; will it be 2022 or 2023? But both houses, and I think Malacañang, have agreed that it will be more productive if we just extend,” Cayetano said.
Last September 30, Senate Bill 1043 was approved by senators voting 21-0. It seeks to move the Barangay and SK polls to December 5, 2022. The bill, sponsored by Senator Imee Marcos also sets the elections for village and youth officials every three years.
If the House and the Senate would agree on holding the Barangay and SK polls in December 2022, the Philippines will be having two elections that year, as May 2022 is the constitutionally mandated date for the conduct of the national elections.
Marcos earlier said the Commission on Elections had already assured them that the poll body is capable of holding two elections in the same year.
Also certified as urgent, according to Cayetano, is the 2020 budget bill, as well as the measures creating new departments that will handle disaster response, water distribution and overseas workers.
But Cayetano said their main focus is really on the national budget.
“So far, ang in-approve namin, lahat ng sinubmit din ng DPWH ng Department of Agriculture. Walang pork [barrel],” he said.