Netizens comment on upcoming Barangay elections
MANILA— With the campaign period about to start, and election day fast approaching, TV Patrol yesterday asked Filipinos: What do they look for in barangay officials?
On Facebook, netizens had a variety of answers as to what would make them want to vote for a candidate for barangay chairman or councilor.
According to Melchi Mendoza, officials must not have a weakness for using public funds for personal expenses.
"Bilang isang mamamayan, isa sa mga katangian na gusto ko sa isang chairman o kagawad is yung pagkamatapat sa serbisyo niya," she said.
Barangay officials should also be able to do their jobs well, and be good leaders.
Joi Madridano-Adan said she would vote for candidates who are open-minded, and would be able to unite people for the betterment of the community.
She added that a good elected leader would be strong and not overly sensitive to criticism, for the sake of good policies. They would also simply serve their communities and not use their power to take advantage of their neighbors.
Jane Dimayuga Nido Flor said a good leader should be sensitive to the needs of others, such as the elderly, the sick, and those who experienced death in the family.
"Dapat hindi sugarol, hindi babaero, hindi puro pakitang tao yung pag hiningan mo ng tulong anjan palagi,” she said.
Dante Delos Reyes said someone who can be the voice of the barangay will be the perfect person to become a chairman or councilor.
He also emphasized the need for a candidate to be knowledgeable of barangay affairs.
"Kailangang marunong siyang magikot sa kaniyang kapaligiran o nasasakupan, dahil hindi naman tantong napakalaking lugar ng isang barangay o bawat barangay," he said, adding that officials should even inspect internet cafes to scold students who cut class to play games, as schools are not able to keep track of attendance.
Lp Tolentino meanwhile stressed that barangay chairs should have minds of their own.
"Dapat may sariling pag iisip, di lang independente sa partido kundi sa pamumuno. Dapat hindi kaya diktahan ng mayor oh congressman. Higit sa lahat walang kabit na binubuhay," he said.
On Twitter, a variety of values were also raised by netizens.
Twitter user ASHER (@ana2my) said, “Yung maglilingkod ng tapat. malinis at marangal. Iniisip ang kapakanan ng mga tao niya.”
Zandro Sabillo (@zandronii) tweeted, a chairman should be ready to help and not do his/her job for the sake of earning money.
“Yung handang tumulong at hindi lang nagkukulong sa kani-kanilang tahanan! Huwag sanang gawing source of income lang,” he said.
Jean (@ricajean_unice) believes that a chairman is someone who helps the barangay wholeheartedly. She said “Yung maglilingkod ng buong puso at iniisip din kung nakakabuti sa mga mamamayan ang kanyang ginagawa.”
SittieYasmin AA (@sittieyas) said a chairman should be “socially, morally, and spiritually responsible. May paninidigan at may pakialam!”
Twitter user Ka Erning (@The6thErnesto) stressed that a public servant should be willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who is in need.
He said “Isang tunay na public servant. Hangad ang pagtulong kanino man. Kaunlaran, kaayusan, katahimikan, kalinisan ang hangarin.”
The barangay elections will be held in different local voting areas on October 28, 2013.