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No to SK Abolition! Yes to SK Reformation!

I, for one, hope that youth will again revolt and again demoralize the dead weight of conformity that now lies upon us.
- Howard Mumford Jones

It is enshrined in Section 13, Article II of the Philippine Constitution that [T]he State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs. In response to this constitutional provision the Congress in 1991, created the SK-Youth Council or Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) for the purpose of introducing the young people to government service in local, provincial, and national levels.

Nevertheless, after sixteen (16) years of existence, many have been seriously skeptic on the importance of SK, that even President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself once said "I think it's a good idea," Scrap that Useless Thing, since much resources and energy were given but no result had been fulfilled.

There were numerous attempts to abolish the SK, in 2002 Commission on Elections (COMELEC) Chairman Benjamin Abalos himself wanted to abolish the SK because according to him it is doing more harm than good instead of harnessing their ideals by involving youths in their communities, exposing them to politics at such an early age only corrupts them. The issue even reached the Plenary of the 13th Congress, when Representative Gilbert Remulla filled House Bill No. 185 which tended to abolish the SK.

Now, as the 2007 Barangay and SK synchronized election is coming the call for the abolition of SK is resurrected, the League of City Mayors of the Philippines (LCMP) have agreed the Sangguniang Kabataan should be abolished, saying SK officials could not divide their time between schoolwork and responsibilities in the SK, according to a top official of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines. The mayors do not openly speak [about the issue] because of political reasons, but they are for the abolition of the SK, Mayor Ramon Guico, LMP president, said.

Even the countrys student governments want the abolition of the non-performing SK. They announced in their manifesto that they would launch a letter-writing campaign. Benralph Yu, president of the Region XI Federation of Student Governments, said student councils are better equipped to represent the countrys youth than the SK, that they could begin community work to make up for the vacuum opened if the SK is abolished. They viewed SK officials now as the BIMPO, stands for Batang Inudyukan ng Magulang sa POlitika or Ang Anak ng TRAPO.

However, we believe that despite of the many flaws of the present structure of the SK, it is one of the most relevant youth participation in building a strong Nation, hence, we would like to propose the following for possible amendments to certain provisions of Republic Act No. 7160 (R.A. 9184) as known as the Local Government Code, Book III, Chapter 8 Sangguniang Kabataan:

1. Increase age bracket of the Katipunang Kabataan (KK) from 15 to 17 to 15-21 and age qualification bracket of SK officials to 18-21, amending Sections 424 and 248 therein. We believe that SK officials should have juridical capacity as provided in Civil Code, which is the fitness to be the subject of legal relations x x x [the] capacity to act, which is the power to do acts with legal effects, and this can be acquired once majority commences at the age of eighteen (18) years;

2. Give some degree of fiscal autonomy to the SK like those granted in other Local Government Units in order that the youth councils wont be beholden or wont be used for partisan activities by the barangay elders and the mayors. This fiscal autonomy will entail legislation for the SKs share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) to be released directly to the youth councils;

3. Increase relevant trainings of the SK which focuses on their functions as SK officials, this can be done through coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), National Sports Commission (NSC), and other National Government Agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs);

4. Provide for provisions that will depoliticize the SK, as proposed by AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Ana Theresia Hontiveros Baraquel in her House Bill No. 959, introducing the Anti-Dynasty provision as stated in Section 26, Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution to avoid corruption and patronage, and

5. Support the recommendations made by the study conducted by the UP group entitled as Study on the Impact of the Youth participation in the Local Development Process: The Sangguniang Kabataan Experience.

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  • 15 August 2015100. Jesreel Vd
    we are the majority,we should not be abolish Address gensan Organization sk
  • 28 July 201599. Roselle Weeks
    yes to sk reformation Address laguna Organization brood
  • 10 June 201598. Benazir C
    I support this petition
  • 05 May 201597. Ruby U
    I support this petition
  • 02 May 201596. Steve Ma
    I support this petition
  • 22 April 201595. Paul Laurenzq
    I support this petition
  • 04 April 201594. John Rhylls
    I really support this...... Address Sta. Cruz, Panabo City, Davao Del Norte Organization SK Chairman
  • 02 September 201493. Dianne Lynethca
    yes, i believe that SK reformation is more permeasible than total eradication Address 006-B J. Reyes St. Lamao, Limay, Bataan Organization UP POLIS
  • 18 August 201492. Dante D
    No to SK abolition!!! Itaguyod ang lakas ng mga Kabataan! Address Batangas City Organization Pinagsamang Union ng mga Kabataang Inaapi
  • 10 August 201491. Rake B
    im soo no to sk abolition! I am SK chairman and i will strongly defend the moral of my fellow youth and will not allow to be treated like thiz! Address Cabugao Este Panay,Capiz Organization SK Fed. Panay Chapter
  • 06 August 201490. Bueno Christianbenedictt
    I support this petition
  • 13 July 201489. Justin Sg
    Though I do not support the 4th provision, the youth must continue to have a voice in government. Address Bacolod City Organization NYPAA, Bangon Himamaylan Youth
  • 12 March 201488. Mohammad Nazefda
    KABATAAN AY ANG PAG-ASA! Address Koronadal City Organization President, TOON Dansalan
  • 16 February 201487. Fritz G
    Yes To Reform! No to Abolishion! Address Barangay Ortega, Libacao, Aklan Organization Sanguniang Kabataan Chairman
  • 28 January 201486. Daphne D
    I support this petition
  • 15 January 201485. Ivy G
    I support this petition
  • 31 December 201384. Pepe Delr
    I support this petition
  • 01 October 201383. Carl Patrickg
    I support this petition
  • 27 September 201382. Jhon Justeneac
    sk is the practise of the youth to involve in government Address 1124 angeles st. Atimonan, Quezon Organization Brotherhood of Destiny
  • 01 August 201381. Paris Raymondsg
    I support this petition
  • 10 April 201380. Muhamadali Kd
    В Address MSU Campus, Marawi City Organization MSU Honors Program (MSU-HP), Philippine Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 01 April 201379. Rey Carney
    I'm Against about the abolition of SK in the Philippines coz it helps a lot of youth. Address 086 San Vicente, Santa Rita Pampanga Organization Sfc Dubai
  • 13 July 201278. Clarebel Q
    I support this petition
  • 08 July 201277. Jemwil S
    I am an SK Chairman.. I still believe that SK is groundbreeding for eligible and competent future leaders!!! Address Dauin, Negros Oriental Organization Sangguniang Kabataan
  • 05 May 201276. Emmanuel Ns
    make SK work!!!! Address angono, rizal Organization confenderation of youth organizations in angono
  • 28 March 201275. Mark Lesterd
    I support this petition
  • 04 February 201274. Crislin L
    В Address Butuan City, Philippines Organization APO, BAYO, Lihok Caraga

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