Following the passage into law of the Republic Act 10742 otherwise known as “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015” last January 15, the National Youth Commission takes great pride for the final approval of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the said SK Reform Act 2016 which primarily aims to introduce and institutionalize significant reforms in the Sangguniang Kabataan as a potent political force in local governance.
As mandated under the said law, the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was formulated by seven (7) government agencies namely, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the National Youth Commission (NYC) taking the lead in conducting series of consultations with various youth-serving organizations in some key areas nationwide which commenced last year to March of 2016. Furthermore, the Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) were also present during the Interagency Writeshop conducted.
The SK Reform Law will take off its full implementation after fifteen (15) days of publication of the IRR of the SK Reform Act in the Official Gazette of the Philippines in time for the preparation for the SK Registration and Election this October 2016.
The approved and signed SK Reform Law has introduced salient provisions that make it more responsive and transparent. These significant innovations are the following:
- Increase age to 18 years old but not more than 25
- Fiscal Autonomy
- Presence of mechanism of transparency and accountability
- Inclusion of Development Plan
- Mandatory training before assumption of office
- With anti-dynasty provision which provides that “HE OR SHE MUST NOT HAVE ANY RELATIVE IN ELECTIVE PUBLIC OFFICE WITHIN THE 2nd DEGREE OF CONSANGUINITY OR AFFINITY”
Consonance with this development, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) en banc has issued Resolution No. 10148 last July 5, 2016, which provides for the RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE  REGISTRATION OF MEMBERS OF KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN AND  REGISTRATION OF VOTERS FOR BARANGAY RELATIVE TO THE OCTOBER 31, 2016 SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN AND BARANGAY ELECTIONS.
Under the said Resolution, it provides that the filing of the application for registration of voters for the Katipunan Kabataan (KK) and the Barangay Elections shall commence on July 15, 2016, until July 30, 2016, inclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
The NYC is confident with high hopes that this positive development will spearhead the elusive and genuine change in the SK organization is aspiring for and makes a sustainable impact on the style of strong leadership and good governance geared towards a better and more responsive Sangguniang Kabataan for a vibrant and sustainable community. As pointed out by Asec. Earl Saavedra, the concurrent NYC OIC Chairperson that “with the signing of the SK Reform Act IRR, we have gained more confidence in pushing our plans and strategic partnerships in encouraging the youth to get involved in the new and reformed Sangguniang Kabataan”.
With the remaining 116 days before the 2016 SK and Barangay Elections, all concerned youths between the ages of 15 to 17 who have not yet cast their registration are highly encouraged to exercise their constitutionally mandated rights to suffrage and personally file their applications in their respective areas on those dates specified beginning July 15 to July 30, 2016, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
For more information and queries, the public is reminded to direct queries and clarifications concerning the SK IRR to the Office of the Commissioner-at-Large Cruz of the NYC through NYCSKReform@gmail.com.
Ref: MOHAIMEN M. MACAUMBANG, PSO 1
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