Senate approves measure to postpone SK elections-A A +A
Monday, September 16, 2013
THE Senate approved Monday the measure postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections on third and final reading.
"We, in Congress, cannot ignore the resounding call from all sectors of the society for the comprehensive restructuring of the Sangguniang Kabataan," Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., chairman of the local government committee and author of Senate Bill 1186, said.
The bill moves to postpone the elections to give Congress time to craft legislation that would institute the reforms needed in the present structure of SK.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker said he is not in favor of the abolition of the SK "but I am in support of its restructuring."
Marcos said stakeholders unanimously "supported the postponement of the SK elections and agreed that the SK must be reformed and restructured in order to serve the goal for which it was established – that is, to represent in government the needs and concerns of the youth sector and to be the breeding ground for upright, decent, trustworthy and diligent youth leaders of the country."
The House approved a similar measure on committee level last week.
Former President Ferdinand Marcos issued Presidential Decree 684 in 1975, which established the first youth council, Kabataang Barangay.
Under Republic Act 7160, it was change to Sangguniang Kabataan and the first SK elections were held in 1992. (CPT/Sunnex)