Senator seeks support for SK Reform Bill

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

SENATOR Paolo Benigno Aquino IV has sought the support of Cordilleran youth to the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform and Empowerment Bill.

The senator, in his visit in the Summer Capital during the third anniversary of the Cordillera Youth Leaders, appealed to the youth to educate themselves on the Senate Bill 1090 or the SK Reform and Empowerment Bill.

"We are hoping na more people can comment, suggest at magrekomenda ng ibang reforms," he said, explaining the Senate wants the reforms approved in favor of the youth.


According to the senator, it is important for the young generation to be involved in the reform bill to establish a new and better reputation of the structure of the government, which is governed by the youth themselves.

"Alam po nating maraming naturn off sa SK dahil magulo, hindi effective at marami pong problema. But now we actually have the chance to reform it," he noted, which is why he, along with the National Youth Commission, is collecting more inputs from the youth to be able to hear their voices as well.

"We still have few months. Kung di pa maabot yung deadline na October, we will have elections again ng SK with the old system," Aquino said.

He demanded more active involvement and participation from the youth during hearings for the bill emphasizing "kailangan po namin ng boses niyo."

The Reform and Empowerment Bill seeks to increase the age range of qualified leaders from 15-17 to 18-24, training programs for SK members and establishment of city and municipal youth council composed of different youth organizations from institutions, church and the private sector.

Aside from the SK Reform and Empowerment Bill, Aquino said the youth entrepreneurship bill, which aims to incorporate entrepreneurship in the elementary, secondary and tertiary curriculum and provide financial assistance to youngsters who would like to enter business, is now ready for third reading.

"Sana magawan ito (youth entrepreneurship bill) ng counterpart ng Congress," he said.

The SK election was temporarily put on hold in the 2013 elections with some camps expressing fear that SK leaders will grow up in a world of dirty politics instead of evolving as good leaders and often referred as breeding ground for political dynasty and corruption.

The SK was an off-shoot of Kabataang Barangay established in Martial Law during the time of then President Ferdinand Marcos. (Giovani Joy Fontanilla)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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