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DILG reminds barangay officials to remain non-partisan
By: Pilar S. Mabaquiao
Wednesday 7th of August 2013
SAN JOSE, Antique, Aug. 7 (PIA6) -- Barangay officials are reminded to remain non-partisan especially that the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election is forthcoming.

Raymund Palanog, Cluster Head of the Department of the Interior and Local Government particularly called on those running for election come October to remain apolitical because the law clearly states that their election does not call for any political affiliation.

Barangay residents are likewise advised to know better their candidates and vote for the ones who have the capacity to serve them.

DILG is also on the lookout for barangay officials who has served for three terms since they are no longer eligible to run in the upcoming barangay election.

DILG Antique has so far identified a total of 64 Punong Barangays and 439 Barangay Kagawads who are no longer qualified to run.

The copy of this inventory Palanog said, will be furnished to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) for them to validate the names of would be candidates during the filing of candidacy come October 15-17, 2013.

Antique has 590 positions for Punong Barangays and 4,170 Barangay Kagawads. The same elective positions are at stake for the Sangguniang Kabataan election.

Palanog, on the otherhand, called on members of the Sangguniang Kabataan to choose their leaders wisely.

"Go for those who could represent well the welfare and concerns of the youth rather than the ones who are standing in behalf of the interest of the politicians," he said.

The local government code provides for the representation of the Sangguniang Kabataan from the barangay council up to the provincial level so that the youth sector could have their voice in the undertakings of government, Palanog explained. (MLG/PSM/JSC-PIA6 Antique)
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