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Kumikitang kabataan: Angara wants compensation for SK officials

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Senator Sonny Angara wants Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials to receive compensation to encourage the youth to take an active part in local governance.

Angara, who chairs the Senate committee on youth, said Republic Act 10742 or the SK Reform Act of 2015 should be amended to provide the youth officials with some form of compensation, as well as other benefits.

He said SK officials deserve to be paid because they have an important role to play in their communities, just like other local officials.

“Apart from the SK chairman, all of the other youth officials are effectively volunteers. They don’t have salaries or honoraria or even allowances. This is a major reason why there are fewer people who want to join the SK and we have to do something about this,” Angara said.

The National Youth Commission (NYC) has indicated that many local government units either have incomplete SK Councils or do not have these at all.

Under the law, the SK is composed of the chairman and seven members, all of who are elected by the youth residents of the barangay. From the seven, a secretary and treasurer will be appointed.

The NYC noted that there are several areas of the country that do not have secretaries or treasurers because there are no takers.

Currently, only the SK chairman receives honoraria due to his status as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay.

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