Youth commission backs SK polls postponement, too-A A +A
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
THE National Youth Commission (NYC) backs the postponement the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections to 2014 with incumbent youth officials in a holdover capacity.
Undersecretary Leon Flores, chairman of NYC, made the statement in Tuesday’s seminar on Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act at East View Hotel in Bacolod City.
Flores said NYC is against the House of Representatives version of moving the SK polls that will eventually abolish the youth group.
He reforms should be undertaken instead, which is one of the reasons for the election postponement.
NYC pushes for SK reforms to include the age bracket from the present 15 to 17 years old, to 18 to 24 years, so that they would have legal personality and fiscal autonomy from the dictates of the adults such as the barangay captains.
Flores cited a survey which showed that majority believes that SK projects such as sports activities are effective drug prevention programs.
In terms of financial aspect, Flores said, they will also push for a more transparent financial system on the SK funds, to require the youth federations to submit their financial report subject to scrutiny by the Commission on Audit (COA).
Under the present system, funds of leagues such as the SK federations are not subject to COA audit, so there has to be a mechanism to ensure that these funds are protected from corruption, stressed Flores.
"The abolition of SK won't solve the problem of the adults," he further pointed out, adding that the reforms they are pushing would also include anti-political dynasty mechanism.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 18, 2013.