MANILA, Jan. 20, 2016— A Church-based poll watchdog has lauded the passage of a law establishing reforms in the controversial Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).
The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) said the move is a breath of fresh air for the political leadership among the youth.
President Benigno Aquino on Jan. 15 signed into law the Republic Act (RA) 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act.
“This justifies our hope in the youth that they will be movers of change… of CHAMP (clean, honest, accurate, meaningful, and peaceful) elections,” said PPCRV national chairperson Henrietta de Villa.
“In the midst of confusion besetting the 2016 elections, this law is a breath of fresh wind. PPCRV lauds it but we will also monitor its strict and undiluted implementation,” she said.
Calls to abolish the local youth councils mounted in recent years amid concerns that it has become a “breeding ground” for corrupt politicians.
The new law seeks to implement various reforms in the barangay youth arm, including a provision against political dynasties and schedules the SK election in October.
“RA 10742 rocks! It is the only existing law that nips [the] political dynasty issue in the bud. PPCRV is all for it,” said De Villa.
The measure also raises the age bracket for young people eligible to assume SK post from 15 to 17-years old to 18 to 24-years old to allow them to legally enter contracts and be held liable. (CBCP News)