Malacañang on Wednesday released Republic Act (RA) No. 10952 postponing this year’s Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.
Signed into law by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on October 2, 2017, RA No. 10952 has moved the Barangay and SK elections on October 23 to the second Monday of May 2018.
“Subsequent synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections shall be held on the second Monday of May 2020 and every three (3) years thereafter,” the RA stated.
Further, the assumption of office of the barangay and SK officials elected under RA No. 10952 will begin at noon on June 30 following their election.
As for all incumbent barangay and SK officials, they will remain in office until the next barangay election unless sooner removed or suspended for cause.
A continuing appropriation of about P6.09-billion will be set aside exclusively for the conduct of the Barangay and SK registration and election in May 2018.
As for the SK fund, it will be used solely for youth development and empowerment programs as provided in RA No. 10742, or the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015”.
RA No. 10952 also prohibited construction and maintenance of barangay-funded roads and bridges and appointment or hiring of new employees in the barangay for a period of 10 days before the date of election.