Sunday, November 25, 2007

DILG schedules elections for execs of village groups

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has scheduled elections for officers of the Association of Barangay (village) Captains (ABC) and the Federated Sangguniang Kabataan (SK or youth council) in the city, municipal, provincial, and national levels for December and January.

DILG Memorandum Circular No. 2007-151 released on Wednesday sets the date and guidelines for the holding of ABC elections at the municipal and component city levels on December 11.

Winners of the municipal and city-level elections will then elect the league's president at the provincial or metropolitan level on December 29.

The election for president and other officers of the ABC national chapter will be on January 29, 2008.

The DILG also issued Memorandum Circular No. 2007-150 establishing the dates and guidelines for the election of the SK federation president and other officers.

On December 6, SK chairmen in the municipal and city level will hold elections. The winners will then elect the provincial or metropolitan federated president on December 17.

The SK national federation election is scheduled on January 17, 2008.

Federated presidents of the ABC and SK will sit as ex officio members of the legislative bodies of the municipalities, cities and provinces where they are elected.

In Eastern Visayas, the barangay and SK chairpersons in the region's 4,391 barangays are expected to be involved in the forthcoming federation elections, said DILG-8 Regional Director William Paler.

For the ABC elections, the municipal or city chapter president or, in his/her absence, the next highest ranking Liga ng mga Barangay (village league) officer would send notices to all reelected and newly elected Punong Barangay (village chief) for a meeting leading to the chapter election.

In the case of the SK Federation, the city or municipal DILG officer would write to all SK chairpersons at least five days before the scheduled elections.

Paler said that prior to the SK Federation elections at the local level, the DILG would conduct a three-day integrated SK Organizational Leadership and Reorientation Seminar on December 3-5 for municipalities and cities; December 14-16 for provinces; and January 14-16 next year for national officials.

The seminar would "provide SK officials an appreciation of their roles as youth leaders and understanding of the nature of local governance," Paler said.

The Board of Election Supervisors would be composed of the DILG provincial director, or the DILG officer in a city or municipality, as the case may be, and representatives of the Commission on Elections and a local people's or non-government organization (for the Liga) and the Sanggunian secretary (for the SK).

Paler said the Board of Election Supervisors is tasked to resolve any controversy that might arise during the elections at their respective levels.

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