The Barangay Elections is finally over. There are some who are partying right now because they have won, and some who feel miserable because of losing.
These were some of my personal observations this Barangay Elections 2013:
- I have noticed that the forms where the names of the voters were listed has no pictures on it (compared to the National Election last time).
- The Election Committee in our area also did not bother to ask for any ID to identify if the voters are the real ones on the list.
I don’t know if this was also the case with other areas or precincts. If you are one of the running Barangay Officials who are desperate enough to win, you could have easily took advantage of the not so strict voting system and cheat. Flying voters are everywhere during this time, I don’t know how much the price is being paid for one but it is possible that it is not a one time payment only. Of course, the cheaters are afraid to get caught so they will do everything or give anything to make one keep his mouth shut.
Unfortunately, although there were reported cases that cheating really happened in their Barangays, I heard that it would take almost a year for a case to finish. It’s as if they are telling you to just keep your mouth shut and just accept your fate of losing.
In this case, the constituent should be more active and be more observant with the things happening in their place of residency. You don’t want that the declared Barangay Officials (especially those allegedly cheated) will spend the Barangay’s budget in any anonymous projects. Always make it a point to ask questions if you find something fishy going on.
Being a Barangay Official has lots of benefits, these is one of the reasons why your Tambay neighbor wants to be one, or a retired old man would still want to be a part of the Barangay Officials instead of just relaxing and letting the younger people serve the Barangay.
P1,000 per month for the barangay chairman
P600 per month for the barangay councilors
The Salary, depends on the Barangay budget that the Municipal Office will give:
for the Barangay Chairman P20,000
for the Barangay Kagawad P17,000
Christmas bonus at least P1,000
Insurance coverage – includes temporary and permanent disability, double indemnity, accident insurance, death and burial benefits, in accordance with Republic Act 6942
Medical Care- includes free hospitalization in government hospitals; in extreme emergency and need to be confined in a private hospital, P5,000 is charged to barangay funds
Free Tuition- in government schools within their area (for barangay officials and 2 of their legitimate dependent children during their term of office)
Civil Service Eligibility- based on the number of years of service in the barangay for officials who have completed their term preference in appointment to any government position to which they are qualified for after their term of office
Leave Credits- equivalent to 30 days for every year of service; depending in their attendance in regular sessions
list of benefits via: www.rappler.com
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