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On Monday, a lawmaker underlined the necessity of resizing barangays (village communities) in order to enhance the provision of essential governmental services.

The creation of new barangays, particularly for big barangays, is a crucial component in addressing the problems with the delivery of public services, according to Iligan City Representative Frederick Siao.

Siao said that there are around 21 barangays with more than 100,000 inhabitants nationally, citing the Local Government Code of 1991, which stipulates that a barangay must have a minimum of 5,000 inhabitants.

“With only one set of barangay officials and Sangguniang Kabataan officials, managing 100,000 citizens or more becomes at least 20 times more challenging. I advise that they likewise establish new barangays when some of their current barangays grow to be so large in terms of population and population density, and I share our lessons learned with other mayors and with Congress “said he.

According to him, the increased availability and quality of public services much surpass any additional costs associated with the creation of new barangays.

“Since there are too many large barangays in our nation, providing public services is much more challenging. We should draw conclusions from the pandemic where bigger barangays struggled more to contain COVID. Barangay health facilities and neighborhood hospitals are overburdened, “added he.

Other public services, such as police, fire protection, education, sanitation, sports, and wellness would also be burdened by the overcrowded barangays in addition to health care, he said.

He claimed that the upcoming barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections and the voter registration season would be excellent opportunities for Congress and mayors to consider the necessity of forming new barangays.

He used the example of Iligan City, where voter registration has specific local significance but is also relevant to other developing communities.

He claimed that Iligan is a growing city, and the 18th Congress responded by establishing five new barangays. As a result, five new sets of officials for the new barangays—Acmac-Mariano Badelles Sr., San Roque, Luinab, Upper Hinaplanon, and Ubaldo Laya—will be up for election in the upcoming elections for barangay and youth officials.

“Growing cities have more urbanization challenges, particularly those related to public health and the economy. The population of Iligan is around 360,000 “said he.

Beginning on Monday, January 31, 2023, voter registration will be open for the October 2023 barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections.

Two million new regular and young voters are anticipated to register, according to the Commission on Elections.

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