No Barangay OIC appointment under Senate Bill. The hold-over provision under Republic Act No. 9164 ass amended by Republic Act No. 9340, shall remain applicable and in full force and effect .
Minority pushes for appointment of barangay OICs
Minority leader Danilo Suarez on Wednesday said he would propose to Congress the appointment of officers-in-charge (OICs) in the barangays instead of allowing barangay captains to hold on to their positions for one more year with the postponement of the village polls.
In a press briefing, the Quezon representative said the minority bloc would push for amending the proposed bill filed by the leadership that seeks to postpone the October 2016 barangay elections to Oct. 23, 2017.
DILG backs naming OICs for barangays
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has expressed full support for the House minority bloc’s proposal to let President Duterte replace outgoing barangay captains with his appointees, supposedly to cleanse drug-infiltrated villages.
“Appointments are better to replace those who are involved in drugs. There are really many,” DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno told the House committee on appropriations headed by Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles recently.
News article, said; 94 percent of the country’s 42,000 barangays were already infiltrated by illegal drugs.
Duterte backed the postponement of the barangay and SK polls, saying candidates might use drug money for their campaign.
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, for his part, said holding the barangay and SK elections would tie the hands of government in carrying out projects because of the ban.
Senate Bill No. 1112
In the Senate Bill, no specific provision providing authority to the President and/or to any other officials or government agency to appoint Barangay OIC in liu to the postponement of Barangay election. Instead, The Hold-over provision under Republic Act No. 9164 as amended by Republic Act No. 9340, shall remain applicable and in full force and effect. – Section 3 of SB No. 1112.
As for Republic Act No. 9164, Section 5, states that; Hold Over. – All incumbent barangay officials and sangguniang kabataan officials shall remain in office unless sooner removed or suspended for cause until their successors shall have been elected and qualified. The provisions of the Omnibus Election Code relative to the failure of elections and special elections are hereby reiterated in this Act.
For Republic Act No. 9340, read as follow; “SEC. 5. Hold Over. – All incumbent barangay and all sangguniang kabataan officials shall remain in office unless sooner removed or suspended for cause until their successors shall have been elected and qualified Provided. However, That barangay and all sangguniang kabataan officials who are ex officio members of the sangguniang bayan, sangguniang panlungsod or sangguniang panlalawigan as the case may be shall continue to serve as such members in the sanggunian concerned until the next barangay election. The Liga ng mga Barangay at the municipal, city, and provincial levels shall, within thirty (30) days after the next barangay election, conduct elections for ex officio positions in the sanggunians under the supervision of the Department of the Interior and Local Government.”