Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said there is a possibility that the bill seeking the postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) will be approved by the House of Representatives on third and final reading when it resumes session in November.
He said he voted for the passage of the bill on second reading recently.
Gasataya said they want the BSKE postponed to December 2022 since the elected barangay officials only assumed in mid 2018 or about one year and a half. So they have not been given enough time to perform well, he said.
In the case of the SK, the release of their budget was delayed. So there is a need for the BSKE election to be postponed, he said.
Gasataya said the main sponsor of the bill is Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer (Neg. Occ., 4th District) while he is a co-author.
He said the Senate version of the bill seeking the postponement of the BSKE was approved on third and final reading last week.
President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier called for the postponement of the BSKE to 2022.
Gasataya said that after the passage of the House version of the bill on final reading, a bicameral conference will be called to harmonize certain points between the House and the Senate versions of the bill.
He pointed out that the Senate wants the elections for barangay captains and SK chairmen by 2020 while the House wants them on a holdover capacity.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia had also expressed his support to the call of the President for the postponement of the BSKE.
The last BSKE was held almost two years late from the original schedule set for October 2016. It was postponed by Congress twice, in October 2017 and finally held in May 2018.*
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