If the barangay elections are postponed until next year, incumbent officials should be allowed to stay on in a holdover capacity, Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday.
It would be unfair for new barangay officials to be appointed in their place, since the incumbents are ready for the October polls, they were not the ones who asked for the postponement, he said.
Lacson also said he is opposed to the abolition of the barangay kagawad posts as this would enable barangay captains to have a one man rule without checks and balance.
He, however, is in favor of the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan officers and for the election only of an SK chairman.
Meanwhile, Lacson said “There is no guarantee that if we change to a federal form of government, the country will immediately boom or progress to a level of our neighbors like Japan”.
Maybe we should just increase the share of the Internal Revenue Allotment to all local government units from the provincial to the barangay level, he said.
Lacson said he hopes the national government acts on an increase in IRA shares soon.*CPG
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