DILG calls for SK
abolition, election of youth representative during barangay polls on
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has submitted a
proposed bill to Malacañang, calling for the abolition of the
Sangguniang Kabataan and the subsequent election of a youth
representative during the barangay elections on October 25, 2010.
Director Francisco C. Jose revealed that Secretary Jesse M. Robredo
has proposed for the repeal of Section 423 to 439 of the Local
Government Code that will in effect totally abolish the Katipunan ng
Kabataan or the SK., and the amendment of Section 387 (a) and 390 of
the same Code to include a youth representative in the barangay who
shall be elected at large by the youth aged 15 years old but less than
18 years old during the barangay elections.
Secretary Robredo saw
the need to abolish the SK council since it has not proven itself to
be functional and effective in delivering its services under the Local
It was explained that
this will not deprive the youth of their voice in the Barangay but
would instead strengthen the position of the youth since its
representative will be a regular member of the barangay council and no
longer an ex-officio member.
The SK abolition will
not only save the government approximately P3.5-billion in election
expenses, but this is also in line with the government’s judicious
streamlining of functions and services at the barangay level.
Dir. Jose said that
the bill proposes the holding of the synchronized barangay and youth
representative elections as scheduled on October 25, 2010, and the
next barangay and youth representative elections shall be held
simultaneously with the local elections on May 2013 and every year
The bill also amends
Section 2 of Republic Act No. 9164 stating that the initial term of
office of the youth representative shall be two years and eight months
which is from November 30, 2010 to June 30, 2013 and every three years
from June 30, 2013.
Further, it states
that no barangay elective official shall serve for more than three
consecutive terms in the same position, while a youth representative
shall only serve a single term.
In the said bill, the
term of office of the barangay and representative officials that shall
be elected on October 25 this year shall commence on November 30,
2010, while those elected in subsequent elections shall commence at
noon of June 30 following their elections.
The bill includes
holding of a special and continuing registration of voters for the
youth representative to be fixed by the Commission on Elections, while
subsequent registration of youth representative voters shall be
governed by RA 8189. (DILG-Office of Public