Sunday August 19, 2018

Porac youth leaders urged to usher real change in youth leadership

PORAC -- Officials of this town have asked the newly-installed officials of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or youth council of the various villages here to usher in real genuine and active leadership for the youth sector of the town.

This, as the new officials formally took their oath before Mayor Condralito dela Cruz. The event was witnessed by officials of the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Dela Cruz urged the officials to truly work for the youth sector of the town and promote their welfare through programs and events.

Councilor Mark Valencia, a former youth leader of the town, also challenged the newly elected officials to do more for the youth sector and not just sit on their titles. He said that youth leaders have the opportunity to train in leadership as they perform their duties.

Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV, during his visit to the town last week, expressed high hopes for the new set of SK officials this year adding that he believes in the statement of the National Youth Commission that this term’s officials will be “a new breed” of leaders.

“Our dream when we implemented the SK Reform Act of 2015 was to change the image of the SK, make the programs more responsive programs and policies and make the youth feel that they are important,” Aquino told SunStar Pampanga during an interview in Porac town.

As for areas with no SK representation, the village councils, he said, would have to assign. But Aquino said that while there are a few with no complete SK councils, most have their own SK chairman.

Aquino also has high hopes with the ongoing mandatory training of the SK here. He added that training should not just be one-time but done on a regular basis.

The senator added that this term will also be a way to evaluate if the reforms have contributed to the betterment of the SK and if the new SK officials are up to the task of really working for change for the youth sector.