Philippine Sangguniang Kabataan (SK): Abolition or Reformation?

Philippine Sangguniang Kabataan (SK): Abolition or Reformation?
 

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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I think that the Sanggunian Kabataan should not be abolished because it supports and helps all youths in the barangay. They have different programs that are beneficial for all people especially aimed for the youth. It also serves as a training ground for the aspiring young leaders of our country.

I agree that the Sanggunian Kabataan should not be abolished because it is very helpful for all youths in a barangay. It enhances all the skills needed for them to become the next great leaders of our country.

The Sanggunian Kabataan should not be abolished because it serves as the voice of the youth in a barangay. It also enhances the teamwork of the SK officials when it comes to implementing different projects in their barangays.

The SK should not be abolished because it is very important for the youth in a barangay. It gives voice for all the necessities of the younger generation and makes different programs for the benefit of the youth.

I don't think that keeping the Sanggunian Kabataan is a good idea because we need budget and abolishing it will give us more money to focus on the projects that are more needed by our barangays.

Keeping the Sanggunian Kabataan is really not that important than those of more major concerns of the barangay. They're still students and don't have enough time to focus on their barangay duties.

Having the extra Sanggunian Kabataan will not be as important as other matters. It is because students can not effectively handle yet those large amounts of money. They should be abolished and give way for more important and serious matters.

Well we have the exact opposite opinion, I strongly believe that with proper training and guidance the youth is our strongest bet for the future, the youth learns fast and are still scared of elderly that's why it's best to start disciplining while at a young age

I respect your answer but for my opinion Sk, should be reformed, dahil yung sk sila ang nagsisilbing gabay sa kapwa nila kabataan.

With respect to the opinion of Mr. Jayzon Viterbo. Para sa akin "reformation" ang kailangan ng Sangguniang Kabataan, dahil kahit bata sila tumutulong din sila makipag-communicate sa kapwa nla kabataan at sla din ang nagiging boses ng kabataan sa mga komunidad.

With respect to the opinion of Mr. Jayzon Viterbo,para sa akin repormasyon ang kailangan ng Sangguniang Kabataan. Dahil kahit bata sola tumutulong naman sila makipag-communicate sa mga kapwa nila at sila ang nagiging boses ng mga kabataan sa kanilang komunidad.

YAN PO ANG PURPUSE NG SK TO BECOME A GOOD LEADER. PERO ANG TANUNG NAGAGAMPANAN BA NG TAMA NG MGA SK ANG KANILANG MGA TUNGKULIN ??

I believe that SK should be abolished because we all know that Sangguniang Kabataan has become a training ground for corruption. The children of traditional politicians and dynasties all over the country are fielded as SK candidates. When they win, they simply reinforce political dynasties. Furthermore, they become privy to corruption and unethical practices in the government.

A good day to you sir, I strongly disagree with your comment that the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) should be abolished. For me they are not just simple youth who spend the money given by the government to further its own luxury but rather the more I looked at it is a government scheme to prepare the youth of the next generation and to be a good example to the youth :)

Hi Lordilyn Valera! I think the person who will candidate for SK is not what you think because they have confidence to their selves that they have a capacity to lead. And in their age they know and understand what his or her co-youths wants and needs. We cannot judge them because of their age because in leadership there is no proper age for it and sometimes good leadership came from our young leaders. As a youth, SK helps us to hear our side as a youth of this country and they are implementing different programs wherein the youth can benefit. In decision making it’s alright that the officers hear the opinions of adults because if they think that it will have a good result they will do it and if not they will not. They are not a kid to listen and do what other person want him to do because as a teenagers they are know the right from wrong. Thanks Lordilyn! 

Good day Miss!i disagree with you because we cannot totally say that one person are influenced by other person to run as a SK officials instead they are inspired by the past officials who has a great contributions in which he/she benefited in their place. And I don’t think that if we do not like what we are doing we will not continue to do it and for me they are not forced to run hence, they will be so happy if they will be given a chance to sit as one of the SK officials. Removing of SK is not a solution to the problem of our country instead it will create another kind of problem. Thank You Karyl!

yes it is important na ang ating mga kabataan ay maging aware sa kanilang mga baranggay NGUNIT mas mahalaga parin na mag pokus muna sila sa kanilang pag aaral. Hindi sapat ang kanilang mga kaalaman kung paano gamitin ang mga pondo sa mga importanteng bagay. maaring masayang lamang ng mga pondong ito sa di kapaki-pakinabang na proyekto. yan ang aking opinyon,umaasa ako sa iyong pag tugon

good day Lovely! i disagree with you because Age is not a basis on how can we be a good leader.I think the purpose of the government why they created this Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)is to represent the youth to hear their sides because they believe that the only person who can understand the youth is only a youth also. Your right that they need a proper education to handle his co-youths but I believe in the saying " Experience is the best teacher. ". Through experience we learn, through learning we can be a good leader.! Thank you Lovely!

Good Day Edward! I disagree on what you said on your comment because it is not true that SK doesn't pay attention to the people because it serves as a microphone of the youth to hear their feelings, their wants and their needs.If the other branch of government will handle this body I don't think that it will have a good results and badly it will be a source of corruption by the adults officials of our government.Youth is for Youth and it is our rights to be part of the government leading for a brighter future. Thank you Edward!

Pero kung lahat po sana ng mga ordinaryong kabataan ay naging active lang sa pagparticipate sa programa ng SK maramramdaman po nila/niyo kung paano mag function ang SK. Hindi din po kasi yung SK officials or yung program ang mismong lalapit saten. Dapat po may pagkukusa tayo kung gusto nating makatulong sa ating lipunan.

Hello sir, Cuyno,Pergentino Jr. M. Good day! Opposing to what you have said, i think Sangguniang Kabataan should be reformed because even if they do not know their responsibility, some of them has a dream to be a politician and their wrong decisions can be an experience to do good decisions in the future.

Hello sir! Good day As an oppose to your argument, I think it will deprive us teenagers in knowledge in public service and just focus on being a teenager. For me it helps teens that we should be aware in our surroundings. Even though we save billions of pesos, the youth will lack public awareness and probably stick to immature things.

Para po sa akin, Reformation kasi aged 15-18 is already mature enough to handle some situation. Sa kanila tayo unang lumalapit kapag may kailangan tayo, tsaka kapag may event ang kabataan sila ang nag o-organized hindi ang mga nakakataas sa atin.

Para po sa akin, Reformation kasi aged 15-18 is already mature enough to handle some situation. Sa kanila tayo unang lumalapit kapag may kailangan tayo, tsaka kapag may event ang kabataan sila ang nag o-organized hindi ang mga nakakataas sa atin.

Pero sa panahon po ngayon hindi gaanung nagpafunction ang sk. Kasi nga po for schooling. Most sk member kasi are still studying. They are not in focus to their duties and responsibilities as sk member. So even if there's no sk, baranggay officials can handle it. Youth in the baraggay can be a leader if they will cooperate to the baranggay officials.

Hello! Good day! Opposing to your argument, i think not all members are corrupt officials and the youth today are more exposed about politics because problems in our country trends in social networking sites and most teenagers see this. Although Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) is really stagnant in terms of governing, it contributes to the youth how they should respond on what they see in the country and voice out their opinions on how to change it.

Hello sir, good day! Opposing to your argument, I think they are not useless because even though little things were made by them, it was real and it contributes peace and order to the country unlike our officials who just keep stealing our funds for mock projects.

I disagree with you, in such case that there are much more training grounds in school that can also inspire and aspire the youth to become leaders as far as I know because as we all know SK representatives are still students they need more focus on studies in enhancing their skills/abilities at the same time have an additional knowledge. Practically speaking they would have an imbalance schedule if they're still studying at the same time an SK. SK is still part of politics and we can't deny the fact that corruption maybe can't be avoided in this program/activity.

Partly I agree with you that it should be abolish but still I disagree with you maybe because if I'm not wrong your reasoning is not qualified for me. Mainly because SK is not useless it is a good alternative training ground for our future leaders hence it is useful as preparation because leadership is a step by step process but unfortunately practically speaking we are all aware that corruption still dominates in our government and SK is still a part of it so why should we spoil this type of activity? so definitely I agree with you that it should still be abolish but it doesn't mean that SK is useless.

Oo mahalaga na maging aware ang mga youth sa kanilang baranggay pero mas mahalaga na mag pokus sila sa kanilang mga pag aaral. Maaari naman sila maging bahagi ng kanilang brgy sa ibang paraan. Umaasa ako sa iyong pag tugon

Oo mahalaga na maging aware ang mga youth sa kanilang baranggay pero mas mahalaga na mag pokus sila sa kanilang mga pag aaral. Maaari naman sila maging bahagi ng kanilang brgy sa ibang paraan. Umaasa ako sa iyong pag tugon

SK is not useless it is a good alternative training ground for our future leaders hence it is useful as preparation because leadership is a step by step process but unfortunately practically speaking we are all aware that corruption still dominates in our government and SK is still a part of it so why should we spoil this type of activity? in addition there are more training grounds in school that can also inspire and aspire the youth to become leaders as far as I know because as we all know SK representatives are still students they need more focus on studies in enhancing their skills/abilities at the same time have an additional knowledge. Practically speaking they would have an imbalance schedule if they're still studying at the same time an SK. This gives a conclusion that SK should be abolish.

It should be abolished, I respect your opinion, but i disagree with it. Dahil hindi makabuluhan ang majority ng mga project na ginagawa ng mga sk. free concerts, gay beauty pageant at kung ano ano pang walang kabuluhang proyekto ang kanilang ginagawa, nakakatulong ba yun ? Diba hindi. Kc imbis na gamitin ang nilaang pera sa mga yan e di sana ay inilaan nalang ito sa pagtulong sa mga mahihirap.

good day. i think it is alright to have SK in the Philippines since they represent the youth in our legislature. Thgough the SK, we are encouraging our youth to be involved and cooperative in implementing our laws at a young stage of their life, teaching them to be responsible in the way they think and act, and be concerned with the society and its projects towards progress.

I respect your opinion that students or youths joining Sangguniang Kabataan must focus to their studies and they don't have enough experience to practice their duties but don't you think that SK is a trainning or a preparation for them to become good officials or good citizens of our country. They can also learn so much from contributing, serving, and exposing them selves in politics that they can use in their studies or careers. It will depend on how they will manage their time and be a responsible student and official at the same time.

I respect your opinion that students or youths joining Sangguniang Kabataan must focus to their studies and they don't have enough experience to practice their duties but don't you think that SK is a trainning or a preparation for them to become good officials or good citizens of our country. They can also learn so much from contributing, serving, and exposing them selves in politics that they can use in their studies or careers. It will depend on how they will manage their time and be a responsible student and official at the same time.

I had seen your comment about the Sangguniang Kabataan. I respect your opinion but for me I believe that the youth must be given a chance to prove their selves as a part of the community. I think that before they can implement a project it will be analyzed by the higher official of the baranggay. Youths can also lead a community or they can be the beginning of the change that our country need. Being a matured person is not about the age but in the way we act and decide in different aspects of life.

I respect your opinion but you cannot judge the whole by its parts. Maybe in your place those youths had been elected are not active officers but how about the SK officials of the other places giving their best and serving their fellowmen. Why don’t we give them the chance to prove themselves and learn to see the true problem our community that needed to be solved. Those youths needed supports not criticisms from other person.

I respect your insights Raymond P. Cometa, But for me, it should not be abolished. Sabe mo nga sa comment mo, walang napapala jan sa lugar nyo? E hindi naman lahat ng lugar e wala napapala. Depende padin yun sa kabataan. Not all youth is not associated with corruption. Nakakatulong parin ito sa kabataan para maging training ground upang maging isang mabuting mamamayan.

May I reply to your comment Ms. Carla Marie Delvalle. For me, it should not not abolished. As you said to your comment " it is generally a way of generating income by some higher officials like the barangay chairman itself ". How could you say the higher officials generate income to the SK? The Higher officials are the one who trains the lower officials like SK and their are the one who budget the money and allowances of the SK. And if the SK need money for some projects. They go to the higher officials.

Hello, i have read your opinion regarding the SK abolition or reformation. you said you want it to be reformed but what would i say is, it must be abolished because at a very young age they are already exposed to the biased and corrupt world of politics. many factors will also influenced them to do injustice doings like making a budget for inappropriate projects and using their powers or authority for an illegal things which can harm others.

hello, Mr. Bayot. I have read your opinion regarding the abolition or reformation of SK. you only want it to be reformed because you said they can help in the community but what would I say is I want it to be abolished because if we only talk about the help they could contribute to the community they still have their chance to help even though they are not into politics, even though they are not in service as SK councilor and chairman they could still do their part of helping out the people in one particular place by being a good, law abiding and responsible teens and in addition, many elders who are involve in politics use or influence youths to do wrong doings like being corrupt and being unfair.

Good day, but I disagree with you because it just serves as the breeding ground for political dynasty and exposing the youth to corruption instead of being a training ground.

I understand and respect your opinion Ms.Louise Ina F. Aquino, As you said to your comment,you've never felt the existence of SK in our community. But how could you say all the sk are not doing their responsibilities. I disagree in you because for me, SK helps young people in our barangay. For example, they build up activities like basketball,volleyball some morning exercises. etc. This helps teenagers to avoid being "adik" in the community.

Hello, I have noticed that you only want a reformation for the SK. I on the other hand want it to be abolished because at an early age the teens are already exposed to politics which is not good because they are still too young to understand what is in the world of politics, many factors will influenced them and it may bring harm not only for them but also for the other teens who look at them as a leaders.

Regarding to your comment that is should not be abolished, I disagree with your stated reasons. Because they are being exposed to corruption and can't spend their budget well on the different programs that they are launching.

Nirerespeto ko ang iyong paniniwala ngunit hindi naman po natin maaaring sabihing hindi ito kapakipakinabang dahil lamang sa inyo pong nararanasan sa inyong lugar. Maaaring sa ibang lugar ang kanilang mga SK officials ay may naibibigay na kontribusyon. Hindi natin maaaring husgahan ang kalahatan dahil lamang sa isa o iilan.

Good day, I respect your stand that it should not be abolished but I disagree with you because at their age they can't spend their budget well in the different programs that they are launching. And instead of enhancing their skills and abilities they are being trained and exposed to corruption. I think that they should focused first on their studies to avoid conflicts and let the older officials handle the projects and programs for the baranggay.

Good day Mr.Carlo Berwite I would like to tell you that I disagree in your opinion SK or Sangguniang Kabataan are dependable leaders because they are still young.SK or Sangguniang Kabataan this is a position entrust to a minor to lead.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 .

Hello Vash Sanjose, I respect your stand that you believe SK should be abolished.But i disagree with you because SK is not useless and not a root of practice of being corrupt it is a good alternative training ground for our future leaders.

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