What happened to DILG proposal to require barangay, SK bets to post resumés?

Rambo Talabong
What happened to DILG proposal to require barangay, SK bets to post resumés?
It's off for now, with the Commission on Election not having enough time to prepare the rules, but DILG spokesperson Jonathan Malaya says they will revive the proposal in 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The proposal to require barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan candidates to publish their resumés is shelved for now.

According to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya, who put forward the proposal to the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the poll body “needed more time” to draft rules and guidelines on this. 

“I think Comelec needed more time to issue rules and regulations. It’s an idea whose time has not yet come,” Malaya, who is also DILG spokesman, told Rappler in a one-on-one interview on Friday, May 4, the first day of the campaign period for the May 14 elections.

To recall, the DILG had urged the Comelec to compel barangay and youth council bets to make public their track records. This was supposed to aid the public in judging whether the candidates are up to the demands of the positions they are seeking.

Malaya said he would make the proposal again in time for the 2019 midterm elections, where senators, congressmen, and local officials down to municipal councilors will be elected. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.