MANILA, February 12, 2018–The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is launching a nationwide campaign on voter education in preparation for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections on May 14, 2018.
DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año said that the ‘Matino, Mahusay, at Maasahang Barangay and SK Officials’ campaign aims to guide voters in choosing their rightful leaders.
The campaign will be cascaded to the DILG’s regional and field offices where press conferences, issuance of press releases, distribution of information materials and radio and television guestings of DILG officials will be done.
“Let us make our choice of the right candidates meaningful and truly beneficial. Remember that how you vote will determine whether change will come in your baranggays,” Año said in a Filipino statement.
Año stressed on how baranggay and SK officials should not be corrupt and how they should involve themselves in the fight against graft and political malpractice.
“A barangay and SK official who has integrity should not be corrupt; fights corruption and illegal drugs; honest and accessible to his or her constituents; good at their job and disciplined; and has no links to criminals,” the DILG secretary emphasized.
The secretary also noted that a proper candidate should have a concrete platform on peace and development and should give fair judgment on the different problems in the baranggay.
“A dependable candidate is knowledgeable and has planning skills; quick to help in times of crisis; has empathy for people; is accessible during times of need; and has a proven track record in maintaining peace and order,” he added.
“Let us not waste our votes. Let us think seriously about the community leaders we will vote for, as for the next three years, they will lead our baranggays, guide our youth, oversee public funds, and drive progress and change in our communities.” he explained. (Eric Michael Santos / Luzon Times)