Do we really need SK?
While acknowledging the limitations and issues surrounding the current SK system, the NYC pushes to keep legislation on SK reform moving. “Every single day that goes by without genuine youth participation in local governance is an opportunity lost for a whole generation,” said Commissioner Kit Cruz, the NYC’s Participation Committee chair. Rappler
Senator Bam Aquino authored Senate Bill 1090, establishing the Liga ng Bayaning Kabataang (LBK). It aims to increase the age bracket of youth officials to 18-24 years old, from 15-17 years old. The new body will be composed of representatives of accredited youth organizations. Rappler
Senator JV Ejercito filed a Sangguniang Kabataan Empowerment bill, while Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr, in Senate Bill 663, proposed to extend the term of barangay and SK officials to 5 years from the current 3 years. Rappler
At the Lower House, Caloocan City Representative Edgar Erice, among others, filed House Bill 1122, which seeks to replace the SK with a Barangay Youth Council. He was also among the proponents of the SK elections postponement law. Rappler
Comission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes, for instance, has moved to postpone the SK polls anew to October 2016 – in sync with the next barangay or village elections. “To us, the main event is the national and local elections on May 9, 2016. I think the concentration should be there,” Brillantes said. Rappler