Why a punong barangay has no veto power

Someone once asked me if a punong barangay, as a local chief executive, can veto an ordinance approved by the sangguniang barangay.

My answer of course to that question was NO.

Unlike all other local chief executives, such as governors and mayors, a punong barangay has no veto power.

He cannot set aside or disapprove an ordinance approved by the majority of all the members of the sangguniang barangay.

Why?

Because a punong barangay is also a member of the sangguniang barangay.

Consequently, he is bound by the approval of the majority of all its members.

This holds true even if the law requires him to sign a barangay ordinance.

Why?

Because his signature is not really intended for the approval of an ordinance.

It is only for his attestation and certification as presiding officer of the sangguniang barangay.

References:

  • Section 54 (c) of the Local Government Code of 1991
  • Section 55 (b) of the Local Government Code of 1991
  • Article 108 (c) of the IRR of the Local Government Code of 1991
  • Article 109 (b) of the IRR of the Local Government Code of 1991
  • The Local Government Code Revisited (2011) By Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr.
  • Guide for Punong Barangay and Sangguniang Barangay Officials 2018/ Prepared by the Local Government Academy (LGA)
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One thought on “Why a punong barangay has no veto power

  1. Is a barangay captain has a power to disregard or not sign any application coming from higher authority ei coconut authority?. ( as i was asking our local barangay to sign an application coming from coconut authority to cut 2 of the trees in our land he ignored to sign?

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