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DILG supports NAMFREL proposal requiring candidates in village polls to submit resume


The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office yesterday supported the proposal of the National Movement for Free Election (NAMFREL) calling the Commission on Election (Comelec) to require the candidates running for the Barangay and SK elections to submit their resume upon filing of the Certificates of Candidacy (COC).

DILG Regional Director Faizal Abutazil said the guidelines of the Comelec only require that a candidate must be a Filipino citizen and is registered voter of the barangay where he intends to run.

Abutazil said that aside from the being a Filipino and a registered voter, the academic qualifications or degree of the candidate is not included.

“Gone were the days that a barangay official will only roam around the barangay. Dapat may alam sila sa information technology kasi modern na ngayon,” Abutazil emphasized.

Voters also want their barangay officials to be well educated and not those who only merely graduated in the elementary.

They even want the candidates to undergo drug testing following disclosure by President Rodrigo Duterte that many people who are drug pushers and users will be joining the barangay political race on May 14.

Meanwhile, the Sangguniang Kabataan chairmen who will win in the May 14 SK elections are now required by law to participate in a mandatory training by the DILG.

The DILG has released guidelines regarding the implementation of the SK mandatory and continuing training programs to be jointly implemented by the DILG and the National Youth Commission before the SK officials can assume office.

According to the DILG,  deliberate failure to attend the training will constitute as ground for disqualification or subject for disciplinary action as per Section 27 of the SK Reform Act.

The SK mandatory training will run on May 17 to 26 covering modules on decentralization and local governance, SK history and salient features, how to conduct meetings and craft resolutions, how to do planning and budgeting, and code of conduct and ethical standards of a public official.

The training fee for an SK official will not exceed P2,000 which is chargeable against the barangay's 10 percent SK Funds. (Ely Fernando)

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