Duterte approves yet another barangay, SK polls postponement

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved yet another measure that pushes back the date of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections.

The polls — which would see members of the local village councils and youth councils get elected — would now be held on December 5, 2022 instead of May 2020.

Lawmakers wanted to delay the elections for the smallest government unit in the country so its leaders would have more time to implement their projects and programs.

This is the third time that the barangay and SK elections are being postponed during Duterte’s term. The polls originally scheduled for May 2016 were suspended twice, and finally held on May 14, 2018.

Duterte made a pitch for yet another postponement of the barangay and SK polls in his last State of the Nation Address in July.

The House of Representatives had moved to realign ₱5.7-billion allotted for the 2020 barangay and SK elections to increase funding for a dozen government agencies, including the Agriculture and Education departments.