The synchronized barangay and sangguniang kabataan election is just few
days away. May 14 is the time that people will vote for barangay and SK officials.
The sweet talking candidates will do anything to win the election.
The position I’m concerned about is the position of the Punong Barangay.
The Punong Barangay or Barangay Chairperson is a powerful public officer.
He/She can do the following:
Enforce all laws and ordinances which are applicable within the Barangay
Negotiate, enter into, and sign contracts for and in behalf of the Barangay, upon
authorization of the Sangguniang Barangay
Maintain public order in the Barangay and, in pursuance thereof, assist the city or
municipal mayor and the sanggunian members in the performance of their duties and
Call and preside over the sessions of the Sangguniang Barangay and the Barangay
assembly, and vote only to break a tie
Upon approval by a majority of all the members of the Sangguniang Barangay,
appoint or replace the Barangay treasurer, the Barangay secretary, and other
appointive Barangay officials
Organize and lead an emergency group whenever the same may be necessary for
the maintenance of peace and order or on occasions of emergency or calamity within
In coordination with the Barangay development council, prepare the annual executive
and supplemental budgets of the Barangay
Approve vouchers relating to the disbursement of Barangay funds
Enforce laws and regulations relating to pollution control and protection of the
Administer the operation of the Katarungang PamBarangay in accordance with the
provisions of this Code
Exercise general supervision over the activities of the Sangguniang Kabataan
Ensure the delivery of basic services
Conduct an annual palarong Barangay which shall feature traditional sports and
disciplines included in national and international games, in coordination with the
Department of Education, Culture and Sports
Promote the general welfare of the Barangay
Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be
prescribed by law or ordinance
In the performance of his peace and order functions, the Punong Barangay shall be
entitled to possess and carry the necessary firearm within his territorial jurisdiction,
subject to appropriate rules and regulations
What will happen if the people elect a bad barangay captain or punong barangay?
Bad. I mean he/she violates the law like engaging in illegal drug activities,
illegal gambling, white slave trade, or appropriating barangay funds and
other acts of graft and corruption.
What can the people in the barangay do?
Can the punong barangay be removed from office?
The answer is yes.
Which government agency or branch of government has the power to remove a
punong barangay from office.
Somebody told me that the sangguniang bayan has the power to remove the
punong barangay from office.
Another said the Mayor has the power to remove a punong barangay from office.
Another even said the President of the Philippines.
Well, yes, a Punong Barangay may be removed from office when he/she does
something against the law.
The Sangguniang Bayan had no power to remove a Punong Barangay from office as one said.
The Philippine Courts are vested with the power to remove a punong barangay.
The mayor may suspend a punong barangay from office but only the court has
the power to order the removal from office.