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:
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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Abolish.

In my opinion, Sangguniang Kabataan should be abolished. Una sa lahat, kung paghubog sa kabataan ang pinaguusapan, yes! nahuhubog sila alright, in a twisted way! Naeexpose sila sa maduming sistema na meron tayo ngayon. Kung iisipin mo, 15-17? Grabe. Napakadaling maimpluwensyahan. Napakahirap bumoses kung may mali sa sistema. Ang kaya lang nilang gawin ay mag-submit. Nagagamit pa nga sila eh! Natututo sila ng dirty tactics para manalo, at hindi lang yun! Nagaaway-away pa! Mga bata eh. Ang masama pa dun, naisasaksak nila sa isip nila na natural lang mangurakot, et al dahil ginagawa yun ng lahat. Well, it's not! Marami pa nga dyan na tumatakbo para sa popularity at sweldo. Tsk. Ganyan ba dapat ang mindset ng isang future leader? At ano nga bang naaaccomplish ng SK?? Sabihin nating meron(na hindi ko naman naramdaman kahit minsan). Pero hindi ba, yun na rin ang programs ng barangay? ng city hall? So, para saan ba talaga ang SK? Hinahamon ko sila, kung mabibigyan nila kami ng limang unique na bagay na ginagawa nila na hindi pwedeng gawin ng barangay and city officials, eh di sige, manatili sila. Isang malaking aksaya lang ng pera ang pondohan ang SK. Kung ako sa inyo, ipondo niyo na lang yan sa scholars.

This is a reply to the

This is a reply to the comment of joseph ocenar, Reformation!! para sa boses ng kabataan naman kaya nagkaroon ng SK,. tama nga sabi ni raynalyn na training ito para sa mga SK officers dahil pwd rin silang maging future leaders ng ating bayan. And mali agad satin, naghuhusga agad tau porket pinasok ang pulitiko KURAPSYON agad?. pwedeng nais lang ng pagbabago?.. Kaya para sakin dapat hindi matanggal ang SK.

This is a reply to the

This is a reply to the comment of joseph ocenar,. for me SK should not be abolished, because it's helps the youth to contribute to the community and also SK officers can see what other higher officials can't see in their barangay.

this is my reply to the comment of jhen

Abolition. kase base sa naoobserbahan ko ngayun .. may mga sk Chairman ang corrupt . hindi nila nahahandle ng maayus yung mga responsibilities nila .

This is in response to the comment of ymgjnim13

I disagree. And iyong mga sinabi ay pawang mga opinyon lamang at walang matibay na pruweba. Hindi natin masasabing madaling maimpluwensiyahan ang 17 anyos na pinuno ng SK. Hindi sila mga bata na kaya mong turuan na "tama" ang kurakot. Naalala ko noong ako'y nasa 15 anyos, ako ay laban sa korupsyon sa Pilipinas. Hindi mo din maaaring ikumpara ang mga proyekto ng SK sa mga proyekto ng barangay at iba ang mas matataas na posisyon sa gobyerno. Sila ay kabataan at hindi sila makagagawa ng proyekto na kayang bumago ng sistema. Ang tangi nilang magagawa ay tumulong sa kabataan bilang kabataan. Upang matulungan ang mga mag-aaral ng Management, mas makakatulong ba ang opisyal ng Engineering o opisyal ng Marketing? Alam mo ang sagot. Ngayon mas makakatulong ang kabataan para maibigay ang hinihingi ng kabataan. Kasama rito ang mga palaro, proteksyon sa kabataan, pakain, at iba pa.

Philippine Sangguniang Kabataan (SK): Should be abolished!

SK officials are youths, they are still in school, they cannot function well, and unprepared to discharge their duties. They should be focusing on their studies not in the world of politics. They should spent their time to study on their career.

SK should just be reformed.

As on my stand, I suggest that the Sangguniang Kabataan should just be reformed not to be abolished. For me, Sangguniang Kabataan is a training for our future leaders wherein a good guidance is needed for them to grow effectively and productively. They are not just echoes the side of the teenagers but they also see what a teenagers must have that doesn't see by higher ranks in our community.

Philo1-Logic

Abolition. Wala namang napapala lalo na sa lugar namin ilang sk na umupo

this is the reply to the comment of Davecar.

I disagree to Davecar's comment. SK trains the youth to become good leaders of the community. This helps the SK to become good leaders and to hear others opinion so that there will be a understanding to each other that will help to provide a good relationship to their community.

This is the reply to the comment of Davecar.

I don't agree to Davecar. I know that youth should focus to their studies but SK can also help them as an individual. SK officers serve as the voice of the youth in their community. As an SK they should also be heard their voice in their community on what they needs and what they want.

A disagreement to the comment of Ma-Coy

I beg to disagree. Mgeexplain ako ng tagalog nlng ah? Hehehe. Para sken nman kasi sayang lang sa budget, na instead na para pa sa ibang bagay yung ginugugol na budget para sa SK. Like for example, ang SK, based on my observation, yung ngttour ang mga sk, kung saan2ng lugar sila napupunta, with allowance pa yun. So instead na sa ganun napapadpad yung pera, bakit hndi sa ibang bagay, tulad ng sa school, or pag may kailangang ayusin sa mga barangay, example kanal. Isa yan sa mga problema dito sa manda.

This is the reply to the comment of Davecar.

I don't agree to Davecar's comment. SK projects enhance the different skills and abilities of the youth. This will help the youth to build their skills and abilities because they have the responsibility. I can say that the youth can also enhance their time management skill because of having the responsibility in the school and the community.

SK - Reformation

this is my reaction to the comment of Raymond Cometa -for me it is REFORMATION because generation of today's youth have new and unique ideas in view of high education and credential that may contribute for the improvement of a barangay. To achieve this the local officials must support youth plataformas. As a citizen, we must vote the responsible one. We must not underestimate them. In our barangay our SK is such a good example, they give their best to achieve their goals and acquire support from people. At first implementing goals is not that easy, so we need to support them instead putting them in a bad side. we should accept the fact that our local officials cannot fulfill their responsibilities in a brgy so we need SK.

This is my reaction to the comment of Jhen

Abolition. Because they dont have enough skills and knowledge about politics, on how to handle problems of the baranggay,they are too young to make heavy decisions.

Abolition

I think the SK should be abolish because they are easily influenced by some officials to do dirty works and that is why others say it is only a training ground for corruption and dirty deeds instead of good leadership in our barangays. If the youth is the future of our country, what will be the effect if they will be influenced by some corrupt officials? I think they should not be involve in politics at very young age.

This is my reaction to the comment of Jhen

I disagree with jhen . I think SK should be abolished . as I observed in our barangay simula nung naelect yung SK chairman samen parang wala pa syang project na napapatupad. masyado pa kase syang bata . wala pa syang masyadong experience pagdating sa leadership. based on this , I want SK to be Abolished .

My reply to the comment of Kervy

I think they should not be abolished instead they need reform. Because even if they are influenced by corrupt officials, it is up to them if they will follow that old system or not. If their intention is good, they will be more sensitive to know what is right from wrong. A good leader has a good heart and willing to serve the people with all his best.

My reply to Kervy

I disagree to him because even if you abolish the SK, it does not mean that the dirty works and corruption will end in our barangay.

My reply to the comment of Kervy

They should be reformed not abolished because our youth should be trained early in politics so that they cannot be easily influenced by some corrupt officials if they will continue in politics someday and will become a good leader someday because of the training and experience he had.

Reaction to Stevie

I Disagree, for me Sangguniang Kabataan should reform because from the word itself, means to improve or amendment of what is wrong, corrupt, unsatisfactory simply speaking there will be changes and a good leadership.

Reaction to Stevie

di ako sangayon sa komento mo, dahil sa aking palagay malaki ang maitutulong ng mga kabataan ngayon kasi masmalawak ang kanilang pagiisip at maaga sila mamumulat sa pulitika at mga problema na nangyayari sa ating kapaligiran. kaya para sakin reformation.

Reaction to Stevie

I Disagree, because giving the youth a voice in the government and teaching them about politics at a young age thereby helping them understand how the government works. We also know some of the victorious SK chairmain are not doing well or not doing their job, but because of this should we give up them?? of course NO!! according to Ejercito: To breed better politicians we should have better quality leaders from our youth who should take a proactive approach in these reforms. So for me SK should be reform.

Abolition?

Honestly, i can't decide on this. I want to hope that there is still a great chance for the SK's total reformation but in reality, we are facing the ugly truth.

Their actions are being influenced by what was happening around them. They are being trained or should i say, being "reformed" the wrong way.

Since, most of the teenagers i know who wanted to be an SK chairman, first wonder about the allowance. Is that so? This only shows how naive teenagers become in the field of politics. This may be an effect of corruption, otherwise, their personal problems.

Besides, did they really act as the voice of the youth? Or if they did, are they being heard?

Reformation will be meaningless if those who'er responsible for it are not really concerned about them. They might just become tools of corruption.

comment to ALmazan

Ate over ka naman. Abolition agad? Agad agad? Di b pwedeng give chance muna for them to change? Totoo po n madali ngang maimpluwensyahan ang kabataan but i believe n kapag pinangaralan naman sila ng wasto, for sure naman magkakaroon ng good reformation. X)

reaction to jinky

For me, it should be reformation so i disagree with jinky. The reason why the Youth Council has been established is that the government believes in the capability of the young to contribute a lot for the development of the state.

They see potential in us, and that potential is just initial, what they need to do is to give reformation through SK training. The government might be corrupt but still the decision is ours. We just need to think wise and become a better citizen.

disagree with jinky

I disagree with jinky. I go for reformation. There is still hope for the SK be reformed. It just happened that there are some local governments which are corrupt. The thing is, these young officers might become the cure through their voice and action upon what was happening in their brgy. Instead of being influenced, they can also influence the adults to a better way of governing.

This is in response to the comment of ymgjnim13

Reformed. SK gives window for the youth to practice their leadership. Being corrupt is a choice, not an influence. Being a useless SK is also a choice. We should not close the window for possible leaders just because the previous ones are failures.

Abolition, even though you

Abolition, even though you reformat the SK nothing will change. Corruption is still on.

Reform Sk

Wag naman siguro totally na i-abolish. Ibahin lang yung sistema. Dapat siguro iisang SK representative na lang sa kada barangay kasi yung iba naman na SK kagawads wala din namang ginagawa

This is in response to the comment of ymgjnim13

reformation. kasi, totoo naman na maganda na at a young age, sasanayin na ung kabataan sa pamumuno. Kelan pa sila sasanayin? Kung kelan matanda na. Kumbaga parang naiintindhan na nila ung mga sistema ng maaga. kesa mangangapa one day. at totoo na madumi na ang sistema ngaun at nagagamit lang cila. Dahil dun, kailangan ireform para mas kapakipakinabang ito. Pag nareform na, eh d maganda

Reformation

Reformation, bakit hindi natin hayaan na mamulat na ang mga kabataan sa pagiging pinuno ng kanilang lugar. At ang SK din ang nagsisilbing boses ng mga kabataan sa kanilang lugar at sila din ang naghahain ng programa para sa mga kabataan.

REFORMATION: ang sagot ko kay Harris

Para sa akin repormasyon, hindi naman magagawang mangurap ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan kung hindi nakikita o tinuturuan ng iba pang nasa mataas na posisyon may kasabihan nga ang mga pilipino "ang gawi ng matatanda ay syang ginagaya ng mga bata". Sa mga isyu naman tungkol sa sk tulad nga ng kurapsyon, hindi magandang pamamalakad at wala pang sapat na kakayahan para mamuno, sa totoo lang ugali na nating mga pilipino ang magsalita at manghusga pero kung tutuusin wala at hindi naman tayo ang sa posisyon. Kung tatanggalin ang SK sino nalang ang magiging boses ng kabataan? Iba ang pag-iisip ng matatanda kesa sa mga kabataan dahil sa panahon ngayon aminin man naten o hindi tila bumabaligtad na ang mundo kabataan na ang ginagaya ng mga nakakatanda. Ako'y isa sa sk official, Oo mahirap pagsabayin ang pagiging public servant at pag-aaral pero nasa tao parin talaga ang pagbabalanse ng oras at nasa tao nadin o namumuno kung ilalagay nya ang sarili nya sa masama dahil TAYO LANG MISMO ANG NAKAKAKILALA SA SARILI NATEN.Sa sinabe at sagot ni Harris ako po ay sang-ayon.

Abolition

For me, it's abolition. Gaya nga ng sabi ng iba ang SK ay isa lamang aksaya ng budget ng gobyerno. Ito rin ay makakaapekto sa kanilang pag-aaral. Marahil sila din ay matututo sa ibat ibang maling gawain na kanilang nakikita sa paligid.

reply to the comment of jerson

Abolition? Hindi ba dapat bigyan muna natin ng pansin ay yung mga mas nakakataas sa kanila? Hindi nman masama ang pagpapatupad ng SK, sabihin na nting gumagastos nga sila para dito at sa ibat ibang programa na ginagawa nila. Pero ito ay isang way para mas mahasa ang mga kabataan sa pagpasok nila sa pulitika.

Reaction

This is in the reaction to the comment of Kathy.

Para sa akin, hindi naman lahat ng SK ay masasabi nating corrupt, kapag inabolish ang SK maaaring mawalan ng boses ang mga kabataan.

abolition

abolition.. para sa akin, hindi naman nakakatulong ang sk sa community namin eh. para nalang silang dekorasyon sa gobyerno. masabi lang na may boses ang kabataan. kahit wala naman silang nagagawa..

Reformation

Even I really don't know what are the duties of an SK, it's reformation. As a youth it will serve as a training because in the future they are the one who will rule our country. And also SK serve as the voice of the youth, as a leader he/she can help his/her peer to enhance their skills through programs they are implemented.

Reformation also

Reply to Nicole. Sang-ayon ako sa kanya, kasi ang SK ang nagbibigay ng boses ng kabataan tsaka sila ang patunay na ang mga kabataan ngayon ay may pakialam na sa nangyayari sa lipunan.

Reaction to Nicole

I agree with her. We all know that SK serve as the voice of the youth. And I believe these has a positive outcome.

Reply to Nicole

Hindi po ako sang ayon na magkaroon ng Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) na yan. Unang una, bawas sa pondo lang ng pamahalaan natin yan. Parang wala naman silang naiaambag sa pagpapaunlad ng ating kumunidad. Puro paliga lang ng basketball and feeding program, kaya naman na yun ng mga konsehal. Yung pondong gagamitin pra sa sk, gamitin nalang sana nila sa mas magandang paraan.

Di dapat iabolish ang SK

Para sakin di lang nakikita siguro ng mga tao ang ginagwa ng SK dahil di naman ganun kalaki ang pondo nila para magawa lahat ng gusto ng mga tao, kelangan lang nila maging open kasi ang napapansin ko sa lahat ng magandang ginawa ng SK laging merong negatibong nasasabi ang mga tao, di nila napapansin ang tulong at benepisyo na naibibigay ng SK sa kabataan

This is my reply to adrian maranan

dapat tanggalin na sila kasi di naman sila nakakatulong kumukuha lang sila ng buwis at kinukurakot ito!

ethics

good afternoon mr.andrew do you think nakakatulong talaga sila???as far as i know maraming sk officials ang natututong mangorupt,kagaya na lang ng isa kong kakilala..nagyayaya siya ng inumankasi my pera daw siya kasi sahod nya na daw!!! siguro po di pa po time ng kabataan sa ganyang posisyon salamat po

Response to Mr. Carlo Berwite

I beg, I disagree in your opinion. SK or Sangguniang Kabataan are dependable leaders. They are dependable to what their guardian says. Not all but an age of 15-18 years old does not have an attitude of being a rational thinker for the welfare of his subjects. This SK is not a Practice ground that if you are failed then it is okay. This is a position entrust to a minor to lead his colleagues. There is also a funds that give to the SK to use it for the sake of his programs and platforms that we know it is not use properly. Yes, there's a theory that SK is one of the root of the corruption, teaching minors by his higher officials. I agree that abolishing SK does not mean it solve the problem of corruption but abolishing the SK can limit a small part of corruption or maybe a big part of it.

Abolish

Abolish, SK could lead to more corruptions it is definitely the breeding ground for the corrupt youth, SK member who is only 15 does not yet have the capacity to enter into contracts. Since there are young, they are vulnerable to influence by adults.

reformation. ito n ung right

reformation. ito n ung right time para ang mga kabataang pilipino ay matuto ng mamuno at mging leader ng isang partikular n grupo o organisasyon. dhil s SK, ang mga kabataan ay ngsi2mula ng mging responsable sa knilang sarili, bayan at kapwa kabataan. dhil dito, nbibigyan ng pagkakataon n mtugunan ang bawat pangangailngan ng mga kabataan, hinaing at opinyon. dhil din s SK, natututo n amg mga kabataang pilipino n mging demokratiko at malayang makapamili at magdesisiyon kung sino ang dapat nilang ihalal. nabibigyan ng karapatan ang mga kabataan bilang isang tunay n pilipino.

Reformation

because it is very helpful for the youth in a barangay, they always conduct a program or events to enhance our skills and talents. And we didn't all know that SK is being approach by those youth who needed financial support to pursue their study.

Abolition

Reply to Donetello
dahil dagdag pondo lang yan para sa ating pamahalaan at hindi naman sila ganung nakakatulong sa ating komunidad

Agree

@Donetello sangayon ako sa komento mo dahil sa edad na 15-18 namumulat sila sa pulitika at malaki ang naitutulong nila sa mga batang wala kakayahang makapagaral. Nakakapag bigay aliw pa sila sa pamamagitan ng pacoconduct ng mga contest.

Comment to Donetello

abolition. base sa aking nakikita, hindi namamaximize and budget ng SK kaya dapat na itong iabolish. Parang lumalabas na ang mga kabataan na may tungkulin tulad ng SK ay natututo lamang mangurakot.

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