Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay – The officials of one of the 28 barangays of this town have erred in requiring that a person should be a registered voter to get a Community Tax Certificate (CTC), traditionally known as sedula, a ranking official of the Municipal Treasurer’s Office said.
“He (barangay treasurer) had misinterpreted the instructions given to them,” Jerry Velasco, the assistant Municipal Treasurer, said in an interview.
To be a registered voter before a person can get the sedula is not a requirement, he stressed.
The clarification was issued after Nicolas Dacula, Jr., the barangay treasurer of Barangay Caparan, this town, refused Wednesday, April 24 to issue the sedula to some residents in the barangay because they are not registered voters.
Dacula said the instruction came from the office of the Assistant Municipal Treasurer.
Velasco, however, clarified that “my instruction was not to issue the sedula to transients because they can go to their home place to get the sedula.”
He cited the case of provincial government employees, who work in the town, but are residents of nearby town.
For employees in the town who are residents of nearby towns in the province, Velasco said, they can secure their sedula in their home places.
But the instruction, he said, does not cover to persons who are residents of the barangay saying, “being a registered voter or not is not a requirement.”
When told of Velasco’s statement, the barangay treasurer insisted the instruction was for them to issue the sedula only to registered voters.
“Mao man na ang instruction namo (That’s the instruction given to us),” he insisted, adding: “Kinahanglan gyud registered voter.”
It was no longer clear from whom the instruction came from in the light of Velasco’s denial.
The procedure of issuing sedula was not tied up to being a registered voter or not. This is the first time that the barangay officials have required voters’ registration a requirement.
An observer, who asked not to be named, said: “Basig pulitika na pud na (It might be politics once again).” (Antonio M. Manaytay-Mindanao Sun)