A number of villages lack SK candidates
posted 6-May-2018  ·  
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A glance at the consolidated report on the number of candidates for Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson and SK members would show that there are enough of them to fill the required eight members, including the chairperson.

The report shows that there are 671 bets of both sexes who filed their candidacies for SK chairperson, or a ratio of 2.13 candidates for each of the 315 barangays in Catanduanes. On the other hand, there are 2,254 youths who filed CoCs for SK member, or at an average of 7.15 per barangay.

However, the average numbers do not tell the real story.

An analysis of the COMELEC candidates’ report for the capital town of Virac alone reveals that while all of its 63 barangays have candidates for SK chair, seven have none aspiring for SK member.

The possibility that the SK chairman will have no youth members are real in San Pedro, Marilima, Tubaon, Ibong Sapa, Palta Small, San Pablo and Salvacion.

Barangays Talisoy, Sta. Cruz, and Calatagan Tibang have one candidate each for SK member while 33 others would not be able to fill up the seven-member council.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has surmised that a misinterpretation of the anti-political dynasty provision in the SK reform law could be one of the reasons why there are few candidates for the youth council in some areas. Another could be that among the council members, only the SK chairperson will receive a honorarium.

Based on the same list, seven candidates in Virac are running unopposed in San Juan, Palnab del Norte, Talisoy, Juan M. Alberto (Poniton), Sogod Simamla, Calatagan and F. Tacorda Village.

On the other hand, 13 bets for SK chair are also considered outright winners ahead of the elections in barangays Lanao, Antipolo del Norte, Calabnigan, Casoocan, Talisoy, Danicop, Ibong Sapa, Pajo San Isidro, Sogod Simamla, Batag. Igang, Buenavista and Calatagan.

Voters in the 315 barangays will choose a barangay captain and seven kagawads as well as an SK chair and seven council members.

Meanwhile, the DILG will also verify from the BKSE candidates whether 51 incumbent Punong Barangays and 258 Sangguniang Barangay members serving their 3rd consecutive terms are on the list for the same positions.

The number of third-termer barangay officials are broken down as follows (with kagawads in parentheses): Bagamanoc – 1 (18); Baras – 4 (28); Bato – 4 (16); Caramoran – 7 (10); Gigmoto – 0 (3); Pandan – 1 (20); Panganiban – 4 (20); San Andres – 10 (40); Viga – 3 (23); and, Virac – 13 (60).

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