May 13, 2018

About the Barangay/SK Elections this 2018

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  • Barangay translated could mean village, district, or ward. On Monday, May 14, 2018, the Filipinos will elect for their barangay captains, council, and youth council. The day has been announced as a non-working holiday and you may be wondering what is all the fuss about.

    Makati City Hall /IMAGE Wikicommons

    Barangay populations range in size from under 1,000 to over 20,000 and some bigger barangay implement the so-called “Zone Systems”.  It is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines with the Barangay Chairman or Captain at the head of administration. Since 2007, barangay elections are held every three years in the fourth Monday in October, but was changed to May in the 2016 election cycle. The elections have since been postponed.

    Voters of each barangay over 18 years old vote for one Punong Barangay (barangay chairman) and seven Barangay Kagawad (barangay councilors). Together, the captain and councilors make up the Sangguniang Barangay (Barangay Council). Voters aged 15 to 17 years old vote in elections for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK): one SK Chairman and seven SK councilors during the same election. The winning SK chairman serves as a member of the barangay council.

    This will also be the first SK elections since 2010. May 4, 2018 will be the start of the campaign period, that will end on May 12. Election silence is on May 13th, and election day is on Monday, May 14.

    If you are voting this Monday, as far as the qualities you need to look for, it all depends on your preference. Ideally, you should pick people who are best qualified for the job, i.e. those who can lead the community without showing bias towards anyone, no matter how influential they may be.

    It’s also best to look at their political platform. Without one, they might just make empty promises.

    Also read: Expats’ Guide: Barangays, its officials, and the upcoming election


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