MANILA, September 12, 2014—In spite of its alleged defects, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference-Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) expresses confidence in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and the important role it plays in “molding future leaders” of the country.
According to Fr. Conegundo Garganta, CBCP-ECY executive secretary, SK prepares the youth for public service and opens their eyes to the realities in which they live.
While he admits that the SK is a flawed institution crying for reforms, Garganta maintains that no other body, including the local school system, can adequately train the youth in running a government office as effectively as it does.
“No school fully teaches young people how to run a government. Only SK gives them that opportunity. At an early age, SK instills in them what it means to serve others. It’s a good stepping stone for those with a passion for public service,” shared Garganta over Church-run Radyo Veritas.
The priest believes SK deserves a chance to prove its mettle in order to dispel wrong notions about being a politician.
Garganta added that instead of losing heart due to the controversies surrounding SK, youth leaders are inspired more to take on the call for genuine reform.
The CBCP-ECY executive secretary pointed out that SK is an investment in good governance which should function as envisioned and not be used contrary to its ideals. (Raymond A. Sebastián)