The residents of three barangays in Navotas voted overwhelmingly in a plebiscite on Jan. 5 to add four more villages to the city’s present 14 barangays.
“Majority of [the voters] opted for the division,” Mayor John Rey Tiangco said on the proposal to divide Barangays North Bay Boulevard South, Tangos and Tanza.
In Barangay NBBS, 6,676 voted “Yes,” Tangos delivered 4,315, and Tanza with 2,279. The opposition were counted as 1,633, 455 and 655, respectively.
NBBS will be divided into three barangays, and Tangos and Tanza into two.
After the plebiscite, positions are scheduled to be filled in the newly created barangays in the barangay elections this May.
“It is mandated by the law to be elected within 90 days, but since the nationwide barangay elections are in the near future, it will be held then,” Commission on Elections-Navotas election officer Eric Torres said.
Should the election be postponed in May, Torres said special elections are needed to fill the vacancies.