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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Philippine SK should be abolished! Practical speaking, Administration lawmakers have revived talks and proposals calling for the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK). Let it be reminded the 15th Congress, SK Reform bills and other relevant measures have been filed and have remained pending in the House Committees on revision of laws, youth and on local government. Several youth coalitions have also been formed to act as pressure groups to prevent the government from completely scrapping youth representation through the SK. These SK reform groups have stressed that the youth should not be deprived of its voice in government and that the constitution “recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promoted and protect their moral, spiritual, intellectual and social well being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism and encourage their involvement in civic affairs.” To be honest about it, the Sangguniang Kabataan is merely a token given to the youth as far as representation in government is concerned. It is merely there to appease the young’s appetite for societal power. It is not a substantive mechanism to empower the youth to have true leadership. There are not even capacity-building mechanisms to prepare the Sangguniang Kabataan for future governance roles, apart from the poor mentoring that they get from their old and crooked trainors at the barangay level. But much as I disagree to these arguments, the investment is not harnessing the results it ought to produce. How many 15-18 year olds, untrained for governance positions, think of development programs that are not only short term in nature? How many SK officials have spent for basketball courts, buying of chess and other board games, waiting sheds and others, instead of introducing livelihood and alternative job programs for the Out of School Youth, extensive psychiatric and psychological assistance to young people involved in drugs, crime and other illegal vices and even cared to come up with campaigns to bring the Out-of-School youth back to school? Apart from that, how many 15-18 year olds can do appropriation reports, budgetary reports and financial statements on their own without proper training? How many 15-18 year olds have the capacity to allocate scarce resources and can prioritize measures for the wise utilization of funds so that it can be allocated to more priority and urgent projects that will directly benefit the youth? We are providing them representation, true. But we are also driving them to fail, instead of succeeding at their first crack in government. How would you then encourage a young SK official, who at an early age is exposed to corruption, and influence him/her to become a morally upright soon-to-be politician, without subjecting him/her to proper training, proper briefing and debriefing on his job and ethical assistance in the conduct of his/her profession? Let us not play a populist tone here. We all know how the SK’s have performed in the years it has been put in place and we all know what has happened. Reform proposals have come and gone but the mere fact these reform measures have been moving should have alarmed the SK leadership to take its own internal policing function to prevent the escalation of corruption and financial irresponsibility among SK officials. If you guys in the SK Leadership already know the problem, why do you have to wait for a law before taking action on your own? If you guys in the SK Reform Movements already know the issues, why are you heavily dependent on a bill which doesn’t seem to interest many lawmakers out there to pass and act within the spheres of your influence to change the way SK governance is being conducted? It doesn’t take a law to solve the problems here in the Philippines. Like what many young people say, political will is needed to make this country move forward. If this is the argument of many young activists who are also part of the SK Reform movements, why not start it from the youth? Why do you rely on a law to police you where in fact your recognition speaks that you have the capacity to pressure SK leaders to respond and you have the same capacity to notice, police and correct the deficiencies that you see in SK leaders in the same breath you see the older government officials? I’m a believer of youth representation in governance but not anymore with the Sangguniang Kabataan. We are not a country absent of good young leaders but we are a country absent of ethical mentors that would teach us the right and proper way of running this country. We are a country of talented and promising young individuals but we are also a country that does not invest in harnessing these talents through tedious and proper training mechanisms. As a member of this youth community, I believe that before we provide the youth with this gift of representation, we review the magnitude of responsibility we will empower the youth with.  No amount of reform can repair an already tarnished reputation of the Sangguniang Kabataan. Like how normal break-ups go.

Hello Mr. Edward V. Guerrero, I respect your opinion that students or youths joining Sangguniang Kabataan must focus to their studies. But Sangguniang kabataan can manage their time while serving because it will depend on how they will manage their time and be a responsible student and official at the same time.And don't you think that minors can also learn while they are serving to their community ? I believe that we can also learn not only in school.

Hello Ma'am. I am disagree with your stand because it trains the youth on how to become a leader, a good or a bad leader depends on the person and will strengthen the institution created to serve the youth and help to serve its purpose. Let us all look on the positive effect of this organization.

Hello Ma'am. I am disagree with your standbecause it trains the youth on how to become a leader, a good or a bad leader depends on the person and In terms of studying they can handle it together if the leader really want to help. Let us all look on the positive effect of this organization.

Reaction to Rosheil. I prefer to abolish Sk. Why do they need a representative as voice of youth? Some of them are not that concern regarding politics in their young age. And based on my observation, most of the SK officials used this opportunity just to become famous even they don’t have enough skills or knowledge about SK.

Hello Ma'am. I am disagree with your stand because it trains the youth on how to become a leader, a good or a bad leader depends on the person and In terms of studying they can handle it together if the leader really want to help. Let us all look on the positive effect of this organization.

Reaction to Christian. Sorry to disagree with you but I prefer to abolish SK because they can’t help the community that much. And as an ordinary youth waiting to have good governance under SK we didn’t feel any response and they didn’t function well in our community. They just give importance to that “LIGA”, didn’t they have any programs to implement other than that? They are just paying attention to recreational activities so I think it is just a waste of funds because it doesn’t help to improve our barangay. And even though we don’t have SK, we have our barangay officials that can organize programs for youth.

Ms. Cristina, i respect your opinion that SK should be reformation.But i disagree you. It should be abolish because first of all the youth is no experience for providing the needs of barangay. Also it makes the youth expose to the dirty politics today. Do you think that the youth can handle this responsibility??

Reaction to Reinafel. Yes it is important that they need to be aware about what is happening in their barangay. But in their young age, they are not that mature enough to have this responsibility in their hands in leading the youth in their barangay. They need to have enough skills and ability to manage and organize the youth in their community.

Reaction to Carlo. Maybe it is an opportunity that youth may be trained as a future leader as they engage in SK. But come to think of it, in our school we are already trained by our teachers how to be a good example to each one of us and how to be a good leader with our fellow classmates. And engaging in SK will just teach youth how to corrupt, because in politics it is nature that in every project that they made there’s a corruption involved. The youth need to prioritize their studies first and if they are in right age maybe they can handle this kind of responsibility as a leader in barangay.

Hello Sir. I am disagree with your stand because it trains the youth on how to become a leader and they have knowledge of the responsibilities that will be assign to him/her, which to do or not to do. Some people believe that despite its flaws the SK must not abolished it can be improved.

Hello Sir. I am disagree with your stand because it can manage their time while serving because it will depend on how they will manage their time and be a responsible student and official at the same time, some people believe that despite its flaws the SK must not abolished it can be improved.

Hi! Im sori but i dont think we really do need the help of SK because baranggays already had elected officers that pledged to handle all matters in their area and it includes , youth dominations so if we still pursue SK it will just be an another government and another issue.

Hello Sir. I am disagree with your stand because some people believe that despite its flaws the SK must not abolished it can be improved. Let us all look on the positive effect of this organization.

Ms. Reinafel, yes you are right that youth should be aware and have an idea to this Sangguniang Kabataan. I respect your opinion Mam. But I disagree you, because nowadays some SK officers do not have an experience to take this responsibility. They lack of knowledge about it. Also, they don't know how to manage like what the government officials do. The youth should be study more to take the responsibility and how to handle the problems and needs of the people . They should have the proper training to do it.

Hello Sir. I am disagree with your stand because you can be trained as a good leader of the society if at the young age you manage to do the one of the job of a leader and some people believe that despite its flaws the SK must not abolished it can be improved. Let us all look on the positive effect of this organization.

Hi ! Im sorry Sir but for me; SK should be put into end. It is just an additional matter or better to say another Government. Isn't enough to have already baranggay council? Youngsters are not yet mature enough to handle such huge responsibility.

Good day! I respect your stand about the issue of SK but i disagree that it should not be abolished. At their age they are vulnerable and can be easily dictated which may exposed them into corruption. Instead of involving themselves into politics at their young age, why not focused first with their studies and let older officials in the baranggay to execute different projects.

Regarding to your argument I do respect your stand but I disagree with you because SK have their own allotted salary that doesn't need the approval with their Higher Official. This salary is sometimes or perhaps designated to be used in their projects/programs. Hence the disadvantage of this is that some SK intends to just keep their salaries than use it for their projects/programs.

Hello Ma'am. I am disagree with your stand because some people believe that despite its flaws the SK must not abolished it can be improved and has knowledge of the responsibilities that will be assign to him/her, which to do or not to do.

Hello! This is just a comment in your argument. Because for me evethough there is no sk you still have the right to participate in any program of your baranggay in which will benefit the youth or even the whole community. And even if youth will not experience how to be elected as a leaders in a position, you will still know by studying it or by observing our higher official. And as they said sk is the training ground of corruption, at young age young people adapt what corruption really meant.

I do respect ur insights . But For me , i dont think just because of having youth officials or government in a certain baranggay doesn't mean they can totally be aware of wat's happening in their area. Because i think they can still be part of baranggay events thru effective actions and programs made by Higher officials.

Hello Mr. Andrew!Yes you are true that the youth can help to the people and also they know what the youth likes. But I disagree you sir. First of all, elected SK officials can't accomplish their duties and responsibilities because of time constraints due to schooling. So what do you think that the youth do? They can help to their barangays in other ways. But not this.

I disagree for what you have said. It is not a waste of budget neither a waste of time. Because practically speaking being part of sk will benefit you, and to mold your personal aspect.If you have good motives in joining it, it will be interesting. And at first if you want to join sk ask your self first if you are really interested and if you know how to manage you time.

Hello Sir Christian!I respect your insight sir. But I disagree to you. Because the youth can't have their own decision most likely of this. How would they be able to govern their co-age. We could not say that those young people take the responsibility seriously. I think it could also be a start of corruption and political dynasty. Yes I believe that the youth is the hope for our country. But as I’ve observed most of the leaders of sangguniang kabataan belongs to the clan of a politician.

I'm sorry but I don't agree with you. I'd like Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) to be abolish instead. Youths age 15-18 years old can learn more about politics and voting procedures at school. And experience and 'awareness' alone is not enough to make them a better citizens. They should be at school and receive proper eduction if they want to be a part of our political officials in the future. -God bless

Good day sir, I respect your opinion about the issue of the SK in our country, but i disagree with your point of view because at their young age they can be easily stood up not for leadership but corruption.

Good day!I respect your insights about the issue of the SK, you chose reformation but I disagree with your opinion. SK officials at their age have a salary for projects but sometimes this salary made to be owning by their own pockets and not for the projects whichay lead to the misconception of leadership to corruption.

Hello! Good day! I respect your opinion on this article about SK, but I personally disagree with your insights. There are such misconception about the leadership of a teenager at their young age especially when it comes to a political aspect such as this Sangguniang Kabataan or SK. Most of SK officials now use the term leader not in the way leading with their service and heart for the society but they use leadership because of money.

good day, I am don't agree with your stand that if we abolish SK we will also be abolishing the foundation of growth of the youths. Youths should grow not only in baranggay activities but also inside the school premises. I believe that receiving a formal and proper eduction about politics and economic issues contributes more to mold them to become someone that is worthy to handle our baranggays in the mean future. -God bless

Good day maam. I have read your comment on the article about the SK, I respect your insight about this issue but I disagree with your own point of view because it is not that totally the starting point to govern or lead a society with a very young age. Teenagers can lead but they have young minds to prospect about the issues usually only for higher officials to tackle, which at some point involving money matters. As we all know money influences everything, especially teenager, so this is the problem if at the young age they will learn to lead or govern with the use of money, here will open the concept of corruption. Imagine, young minority will learn to mislead a society with corruptions?

good day sir. I am disagree with your stand that just because they got their experience it is enough for them to become a good leader in the future. At their young age they can easily be influence by lots of wrong doings in our baranggays. and considering that they are still young, they are not mature enough to make amend for what is better for our community. It is correct that youth is the hope of our nation but without fully furnishing them, they wont be ready enough to handle the responsibility of being an official in the baranggay or in any government organization -God bless.

good day sir. I don't agree with you in your point that SK members can become a good and responsible officials just because someone already in authority is guiding them. Considering the condition of our government and baranggays, we cant even make sure that every official is doing their task responsibly or that they even have the qualification to serve the community. Youth's can easily be influence by their elders and if at their young age they will be exposed to the things that is not right, there is a big possibility that they will do it again in the future. -God bless

Good day to you. I respect your stand regarding the article but I think the SK shouldn't be abolished. I do agree that the SK officials are youths and that they are still in school but I also think that SK helps them to be more mature, responsible and make wise decisions.

Good day to you sir! I respect your stand regarding the issue but I think we can still benefit from SK. I agree with you that SK officials are still youths but i think these youths can help change the government for the better. I also think that as a youth, we should be aware about the happenings in our government.

Good day to you ma'am. I respect your stand against the issue, I'm sorry but I disagree with you. I think SK has some good effects that will benefit us. I agree that SK officials are young and some might not do their job properly but I think SK can help them to be become more mature and responsible. I also think that we should be aware about the happenings in our surroundings especially the government. These youths might help in minimizing the corruption in our government.

Good day! I'm sorry but I think the SK shouldn't be abolished. For me, SK helps youth to be more responsible and it helps them to be more vocal. Yes, they are still young and some might not do their job properly but with proper guidance they can be a good leader. I think we should give them a chance especially those SK officials who are dedicated to their job.

Hello. I know that we both have our own opinions but then, I have something to counterpart on your side. I think SK must be abolished because, youths are not that matured and aware on the state of our government. I think they can be more knowledgeable and wise when they grew more than the age of 18 when they can be a real citizen of the Philippines. When your reason is that they can be trained in advance, I'm sure that being a part of the government officials is not the only way to conduct it. What do you think?

Hello. I know that we both have our own opinions but then, I have something to counterpart on your side. I think SK must be abolished because, youths are not that matured and aware on the state of our government. I think they can be more knowledgeable and wise when they grew more than the age of 18 when they can be a real citizen of the Philippines. When your reason is that they can be trained in advance, I'm sure that being a part of the government officials is not the only way to conduct it. What do you think?

Hello. I've read your comment but sad sad to say that I disagreed to it. This is because I think, the people at age of 15-18 years old must not be prone to suffer on the sick of the government. They have a time on the future to endure the government problems because that time we can be more confident because they are already matured enough to decide or to manage the government. They can be trained even though they are not in the position of governing. What can you say?

Hello Mr. Carlo! I've read you comment and reaction. I'm sorry but I don't believe that its reformation is "always" be good alternative training grounds for the future leaders. I think it has a positive and negative side and I and we, will be glad if it would result into a positive effect and this will happen if the youth to be trained shall be mold well and not be an additional plague in our society. This is what I am pointing to, that it's not all youth may be trained well especially today, that education is what the government is being focused to. And what if the one who will guide them will be the one who shall lead him or her into wrong ways? I think youth must be the one to discover how the government is so complicated and he can do this when he or she is on the right age.

Hello. I've read you opinion and I have a doubt on it. I think this political aspect is serious to be a testing medium if the youth can handle the government. We must contribute by helping them to become a leader in the future, and not to let them lead us in their early age. What do you think?

Hello. I disagree to your comment. For me, In our generation, We cant use the saying that the "Kabataan ay pag-asa ng bayan". Many reports said that the youth is the way of having a corruption so we must learned from what they've done, the mistakes they've done. We must abolish the SK and let the older ones handle it for the youth. They know their obligations for us because they know how to be a youth.

Good Day Ms. Lordilyn, I must say that age is not the basis for what a person is capable of doing of. There are still people who can manage to study and do their responsibilities as a SK. SK is for the youth. We must teach ourselves to interfere with what is happening around us. I'm against the plan to abolish SK.

Good day Mr. Vash SanJose. I would like to comment out that the abolition of SK is not the answer in the elimination of corruption in our country. SK's are doing their best being the voices of the youth. Don't put all the blames in them. They only need proper guidance or initiative for them to act effectively and a good example of leadership for them not to corrupt.

Good day po! I read your reaction about SK that we should abolish, But for me we must reform it because SK is our 1st step to be a good leader or to handle some situation involving money..

Hello! We should not choose abolished the SK because they are the one who we can talk about our youth problem in our baranggay.You said they have no time but they have the time to do their task about his/her position but not all the times, for example in summer they are the who organize some event involving youth.

Magandang araw po.. nabasa ko po yung comment nyo na iabolish ung SK pero d po ako sang ayon dahil kaya nga po sila kumandidato ay alam nila na kaya nilang pagsabayin ang pag-aaral at ang posisyon nila,samakatuwid po marunong silang mag handle ng dalawang bagay at the same time. :)

You're right, we should consider and remember that not all of them are not worthy in their position. There are still some official who are still doing their best effort to serve their community. And beside they are the voice of the youth to the government.

I agree on her point, If they don't want to abolish the SK, they should start working hard to prove that SK have a significant contribution in our community. Not just those projects which focus on Fun like the sports competition.

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