xbarangay-election-logo.png.pagespeed.ic.yTaqJCZfg0Some 54 million voters (on a population of 90 million of citizens) will go to polling precincts on Monday for the barangay elections, except those from calamity-hit Zamboanga City and Bohol.

A total of 809,136 individuals are aspiring for 294,196 seats. Of this number, 94,124 filed their certificates of candidacy (COCs) for barangay chairmen while 715,012 are aiming to become barangay councilors.  Both the law on barangay elections and the Local Government Code set a three-term limit for village officials.

A “barangay” is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines. Municipalities and cities are composed of barangays, and they may be further subdivided into smaller areas called “purok” (zone), and “sitio”, which is a territorial enclave inside a barangay, especially in rural areas. In 2012 there were a total of 42,028 barangays throughout the Philippines.