Calls for SK Reform Strengthened

8 02 2012

CALLS FOR SK REFORM AND EMPOWERMENT STRENGTHENED

The Student Council Alliance of the Philippines has strengthened its call for SK Reform and Empowerment, urging the passage of House Bill 468 filed by Akbayan Representatives Kaka Bag-ao and Walden Bello.

Speaking as one of the resource persons during the committee hearing of the Committee on Local Government at the House of Representatives, SCAP National Secretary-General Gibby Gorres reiterated the importance of reforming and empowering the Sangguniang Kabataan in the principles of accountability, autonomy and representation.

Gorres forwarded four provisions in HB 468 namely:

  1. The age limit for all SK officials should be within 18-25 years old.
  2. The anti-dynasty provision should be kept in the spirit of ensuring autonomy.
  3. The SK as an institution should be given fiscal autonomy.
  4. The law should strengthen the Katipunan ng Kabataan and the Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng Kabataan.

The Committee on Local Government has ruled that the members of the Committee whether to rule for abolition or reform shall be on the 22nd of February 2012.

In this line, SCAP urges youth organizations nationwide to send their position on the issue via scap.neb@gmail.com.

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