Sen. Bam Aquino’s measure empowering barangay captains to administer the oath of office to the country’s next president has been signed into law by President Aquino.
The Chief Executive has signed Republic Act No. 10755 last March 29, 2016, which will give barangay chairmen power to administer oath of office of any government official, including the President of the Philippines.
“By empowering the Punong Barangay to administer oaths is an affirmation and recognition of its critical role in our society,” said Aquino, co-author of the measure.
Aside from carrying out government programs and projects in the barangay level, the Punong Barangay also serves as the leader and a source of legitimacy by its constituents,” the senator added.
The new law will amend Chapter 1, Section 41 of Executive Order 292 to include barangay captains among officers who have general authority to administer oath.
Barangay captains will join other officials who have the authority to administer oath to any government official, among them the President, Vice President, Members and Secretaries of Both Houses of Congress and Members of the Judiciary.
Under EO 292, officials who have the power to administer oath are Members of the judiciary, department secretaries, governors, vice governors, city mayors, municipal mayors, bureau directors, regional directors, clerks of court; registrars of deeds and other civilian officers in the government whose appointments are vested in the President and are subject to confirmation by the Commission on Appointments.
Other constitutional officers, public attorney’s office (PAO) and notaries public are also empowered to administer oath.
This is Aquino’s 10th law in less than three years as senator. Recently, Sen. Bam’s measure giving value-added tax exemption to persons with disabilities has been signed into law.