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Barangay Elections in the Philippines Test Security
Five months after the May, 2013 mid-term national and local elections in the Philippines, nearly 54 million citizens headed to the polls on October 28 to elect their new barangay chairpersons and councilors. In the Philippines, the barangay is the smallest unit of government. It serves as the primary planning and implementing unit of government policies, plans, programs, projects, and activities in the community. Despite violence ahead of election day, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) declared the election to be “generally peaceful” and smoother than the last barangay election in 2010. The Foundation joined partners in Lanao del Sur and Maguindanao in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), and in the nearby province of North Cotabato for barangay election monitoring.