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More than 9,000 incumbent barangay captains barred from re-election

Manila (19 September) -- The National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reported that more than 9,000 incumbent punong barangays are barred from running for the same position in the coming Oct. 29, 2007 barangay elections because they are covered by the three-consecutive term limit ruled under the law.

In a report to DILG Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno, NBOO Director John Castaņeda said that there are some 9,642 barangay captains out of 39,145 reported punong barangays throughout the country excluding those of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) who are now on their third consecutive term of office.

"Under such circumstances, these third-termer incumbent barangay captains are no longer eligible to run for re-election. However, they are allowed to run as kagawad or council member," Castaņeda said.

"Having been elected in 1994, they are already on their 13th year as chief executives of their respective barangays," he added.

The NBOO conducted a monitoring of third-termer punong barangays (PBs) in the wake of queries reaching the DILG on whether or not elective barangay officials are covered by the three-consecutive term limit rule.

To further clarify the issue, Sec. Puno earlier issued an advisory citing Section 2 of RA 9164 which provides that: "No barangay elective officials shall serve for more than three consecutive terms in the same position. Provided, however, that the term of office shall be reckoned from the 1994 barangay elections. Voluntary renunciation of office for any length of time shall not be considered as an interruption in the continuity of service for the full-term for which the elective officials was elected."

The DILG Secretary noted that Section 2 of RA 9164 is not among the provisions expressly repealed by RA 9340, the law amending RA 9164 resetting the barangay and SK elections.

Puno said the terms of office of barangay officials have already been extended for two years, and the present clamor is to elect a new set of barangay officials.

Meanwhile, the NBOO monitoring report showed that in terms of percentage, the National Capital Region (NCR) has the most number of third-termer punong barangays with 572 or 34 percent of 1,694 punong barangays in NCR. However in terms of numerical data, Region VI has the most number of punong barangays serving on their last term which is 1,133 PBs.

In the Luzon Area, in terms of percentage, Region II has the most number of third-termer punong barangays with 713 or 31 percent of 2,311 punong barangays in the region.

In the Visayas area, in terms of percentage, Region VII has the most number with 859 third-termer punong barangays or 29 percent of 3,003 PBs in the said region.

In the Mindanao area, in terms of percentage, Region X has the most number of third-termer barangay chairs with 573 or 29 percent of 1,975 PBs in the said region.

For the provinces, 61 provinces have at least 15 to 34 percent punong barangays who are serving their third consecutive terms, with the province of Iloilo having most number of third termer barangay captains at 470. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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