Barangay Election, does it really necessary?

@jamed28 (1909)
Philippines
October 18, 2010 12:30am CST
This coming October 25, 2010, The people of the Philippines will come out once again and vote for the lowest positions in the government. This is the Barangay election for Chairman and councilors. But this election will cost about hundreds of millions of pesos and is it really necessary for our government? Well there are some congressman who tried to stop it but didn't succeed. So what do you think?
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@ybong007 (6659)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
it's part of democracy. It's best that each of us could get advantage of our right to vote. It may cost millions but we just have to realize that it's small amount in exchange to choose which among the candidates will become our leaders. It's a fact that not everyone running are qualified that's why we have to choose wisely because the success or failure of that leader will depend on the voter.
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@jamed28 (1909)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
We democracy it is. But is it the timing that I think is necessary.
@laydee (12814)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
I think some of the positions are necessary but others are just there for show or to have their families reap some cash out of the government. I don't really think most of the positions are necessary because I haven't approached one of them since I started paying taxes.
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• Philippines
19 Oct 10
You should, you're paying for it. They can actually be quite useful, and they are the faces of the government. I use to look down on the baranggay tanods until the time when sometime threw rocks at our house. We went to court and the tanods willingly testified in court. That was the time that I first noticed that their presence was actually a deterrent to criminals.
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
I was not a big fan of baranggay elections until I experienced first hand what they can for me - well, at least here in Marikina. A year ago my employer asked all of us to submit some documents. I went to our baranggay hall for my residence certificate. Everybody was so accommodating there and then even pointed me to the right direction in securing my other requirements. And then Ondoy happened, and it was the baranggay who helped us with the cleaning-up. After that, I realized how useful our baranggay is.
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
Barangays are still important.how ever, in my experienced i didn't see much information from these people. in my place, people are just coming in and then introducing themselves and giving flyers,. how ever, what is lacking there too is debates. i have two choices, either I vote or not. i feel i can't vote because i don't know their ideals and their track record. i will vote because my mom knows some of them.i don't know which is which.
• Philippines
19 Oct 10
You probably need to go visit your baranggay hall. It's a wealth of information. Find out what they can do for you, like free vaccines and all. I am not really big on debates especially at this level. I have been neighbors with them and I tend to choose based on what I know about them rather than their debating skills. At that level, there is not much to debate about, but there is much to do. Since my mother is very active in church, I pretty much hear a lot about what's going on in our baranggay and who did what.
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
The barangay elections in the Philippines is becoming more politicized. I know that the barangay chairmen and councilors do have great contribution to the barangay, yet it is the election that seems very intriguing. Many candidates do buy votes.
• Philippines
19 Oct 10
Vote buying is something that has been insitutionalized in our country, sadly enough. But if you are the seller, why would you trust these people buying votes for positions that will earn them a few thousands? It is just in the last few years that I have felt the presence of this baranggays, and so it is only now that I am finding out their use to me.
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
Yes, it is still necessary.In the context of democracy, even the smallest unit of government such as the unique barangay system in the Philippines played an enormous role in the advancement of well being for the citizens that constitute therein. As everyone has the right to access to education, health services and other services provided by the government. Attention should be given in details even to this unit in our system.
• Philippines
19 Oct 10
I agree with you, Torch. The baranggay makes sure that the nitty-gritty of running the government is implemented. They make sure that the government reaches out to all the members of the society, no matter how poor or how far they live. I think the picture in the headline today of a woman being carried out of her house where she was left alone best shows their role in society. When her family abandoned her, the government, represented by the people in her baranggay, brought her away from harm. Detail is very important here.
• Philippines
20 Oct 10
Yes, we all must vote. Barangay election is very important because this is when we choose leaders that we can talk to directly. The barangay officials are the ones who are among us in our community. They are the ones we can easily approach for problems and issues that needs solutions. They see the real situation in the smallest unit of society and they are the bridge between people in the community and higher officials for services and other concerns. I call on everybody to vote the person who is willing to serve and not corrupt.
• Philippines
20 Oct 10
I think they are very important. The baranggay kagawads in our place are very active. Because every night, they have some of their people taking rounds to check our area. Even though they have the smallest position, but they are still helping the government. So I am voting this October 25.
• Philippines
19 Oct 10
I think having these elections are necessary even when some of the other positions are not that necessary. Try imagining it if we won't have any barangay officials. We are even a mess with them around trying to settle things, what more if they weren't there? But you may say that if they weren't there, wouldn't life be a little better? Maybe, maybe not.
@katkat (2379)
• Philippines
19 Oct 10
Yes it is necessary even it would cause our government millions even billions. One thing we can do to make it worth it is to choose wisely. Don't vote someone beacuse his friend, relative or your "kumpare".
@eLsMarie (4148)
• Philippines
19 Oct 10
I had a phone call coming from my mom earlier and she scolded me because I don't plan to go home to our province. Honestly, I'm not interested. I had so much during the past election and now I already lose interest.
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
Hello there, I believe and this is a matter of opinion that the experienced politicians have always start from the lowest level, and that is an official of being in the barangay. since barangay is one of the executive jobs directly connected with the people, it's best that we take this seriously as well. I don't understand why the congress would dare stop Barangay whereas the Law makers are not directly involved with ordinary people in terms of their ordinary problems. besides, what is the substitute for barangay unit if there's no alternative in handling problems of the local communities. In my experience, the barangays had been closest government unit to turn problems to. like local feuds and fights among that community. that's why we have barangay tanod. cost are necessary. they are the most important part of the government as they are locally handling directly with the people.
@cupcyke (363)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
It is important to participate elections wither its national or local. Because you will get lots of benefits also in return. For me I don't care if they wasted hundred of millions as long as it is not comes from corruptions of some government officials. As you stated we can never stop them all we can do is choose the right one to replace irresponsible officials in their respective place.
@o0jopak0o (6408)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
Well it is necessary but if it is really needed by the government then no. Its just another way of corruption. why do you need a political official for a few blocks of land?
@cheravs (620)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
It would be better if the barangay has only a brgy. capitan elected like back in our history that the cabeza de barangay is the only official leading the barrio. This councils are just running for salaries/honorarium but not to serve at all. And yes this election is only another way how corrupt officials can benefit more money from government fund :(
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
The Barangay has been basic political unit of the Philippines even before the Spaniards landed on our country's shores. The Barangay has been a part of our tradition/heritage from our ancestors. Therefore, we must preserve its essence and continue to pass it on to the next generations. On October 25, 2010, Monday,the people's voices shall be heard once again from different voting precincts nationwide to elect their favorable candidates their barangays as leaders whom they trust to carry out their duties to improve their community.
@gaiza12 (4889)
• Philippines
18 Oct 10
Yes, i still think it is necessary. Who would lead us and hear us on our own barangay issues and problems? The largest sectors can't even make or do their jobs fast, how much more if those little issues that can be solve by these lower sectors of the government would be a problem to them as well.