Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) approach this May 14, 2018, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 10 urges voters to only support candidates who are “Matitino, Mahuhusay at Maaasahan.”

     “This election is very crucial because the candidates whom we will be choosing are those who will be managing our grassroots government. They are the ones who directly deliver services to our constituents in our respective barangays, hence the need to vote for matitino, mahuhusay at maaasahan candidates,” said DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe through Talakayan sa PIA, a press conference facilitated by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 10 on April 19, 2018 at SM Downtown, Cagayan de Oro City.

     The Regional Director elaborated that to vote for “matitino” is to vote for those who are not corrupt and who fights against corruption; those who will spearhead the campaign against illegal drugs; and those who are not involved or connected to groups in crime.

     “It is one way of telling everyone that our government is very serious as far as our campaign against illegal drugs and our campaign against corruption is concerned. And we would like to have a new set of Barangay and SK officials who will serve as our partners in this campaign,” he said. Citing DILG Officer-in- Charge Eduardo Año’s message, he reiterated that aspirants who are involved in illegal drugs should not even consider running in the coming election.

     In addition, for the quality of being “mahusay”, RD Agabe explained that the candidates should have a platform that could contribute to peace and development in the barangay and must serve as a model in their respective areas, in terms of following the rules and regulations mandated by the government and the community.

     With the calamities or concerns that a barangay could possibly experience, he also underscored that the public should elect those who are “maaasahan” or those who are always ready to respond during calamities and are visionary enough to help his or her community improve in all aspects.