CAMARINES Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte yesterday predicted a speedy infrastructure buildup in the countryside after Congress backed the suspension of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections.
Villafuerte was referring to the parallel moves by the Senate and the House of Representatives to pass new legislation resetting by one year the synchronized SK and barangay polls due this October 31, 2016.
“With the year’s second balloting postponed to next year, the accelerated infrastructure program that the new government intends to carry out will no longer be hampered by the public works ban that the government would have to impose if the barangay and SK polls were to be held as scheduled this October,” said Villafuerte.
Villafuerte said the poll deferment, which is due to happen with the separate moves by the Senate and House leaderships to expedite the passage of their respective bills postponing the Oct. 31 balloting, would give “a lot of breathing space” to Commission on Elections (Comelec) officials and employees, teachers and all others who were involved in the May 9 polls as well as to all Filipino voters themselves.
“It would also give the Comelec ample time to address several issues raised by stakeholders about the system used in last summer’s national and local elections,” Villafuerte added.