Philippine Sangguniang Kabataan (SK): Abolition or Reformation?
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) or Youth Council in the Philippines is the governing body in every chapter of the Katipunan ng Kabataan (Youth Federation). Each barangay in the Philippines is mandated by law to have its own chapter of the Katipunan ng Kabataan, aging from 15 to 18 years old who resides in their respective barangays for at least 6 months and registered in the Sangguniang Kabataan, or in the official list in the custody of the barangay secretary. It is the local youth program and projects implementation partner of the government. The Katipunan ng Kabataan members elect their officers known as Sangguniang Kabataan which serves as the local youth legislature in the village. The Sangguniang Kabataan is an off-shoot of the KB or the Kabataang Barangay (Village Youth) which was abolished when the Local Government Code of 1991 was enacted.
The Sangguniang Kabataan initiates policies, programs and projects for the development of youth in their respective political territories. The Chairman/President of the Sangguniang Kabataan acts as the Chief Executive of the Sanggunian (Council) while the Kagawad (Councilor) as the legislative council. The Kagawads approve resolutions of the Sanggunian and appropriates the money allotted to the council, a share in the revenue of the Barangay.
Possible reasons to call for its abolition:
1. SK is only a training ground for corruption.
2. SK officials are youths, they are still in school, they cannot function well, and unprepared to discharge their duties.
3. The state will save a huge amount of money in abolishing it.
4. This will remove the youth from culture of politics which is usually associated with corruption.
Possible reasons to hold that it should not be abolished:
1. SK trains the youth to become good leaders of the community.
2. SK officers serve as the voice of the youth in their community.
3. SK projects enhance the different skills and abilities of the youth.
4. SK officers represent the youth in various government programs and projects.
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