Philippine Sangguniang Kabataan Impact Assessment Conference

ALL SK CHAIRPERSONS ARE INVITED TO JOIN

THE 2012 PHILIPPINE SK IMPACT ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE,

NOV. 16 – 18, JJs SEAFOODS VILLAGE, TAGBILARAN CITY, BOHOL PROVINCE.

For inquiries, please contact the Conference Secretariat:

0918. 4795. 262, 0927. 2323. 219, iydap@yahoo.com

View the Conference Concept Note

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Youth Statement on the State of the Nation

 

Youth Statement on the State of the Nation

Given at Manila, July 22, 2011

 

A year has passed since President Benigno Simeon Aquino III delivered his State of the Nation Address. His first year in office shed light on the tremendous corruption that was institutionalized in the government by the previous administration. We waited patiently as the President introduced reform measures to address corruption, poverty, health, and a host of other concerns that seemed to have been neglected and worsened by the previous administration. Government effort in addressing these concerns slowly but surely restored trust and hope in government.

 

It is no surprise that the youth today feel that we must speak up about our issues now that the mechanisms for addressing our concerns have been strengthened.

The State of the Nation for the Filipino Youth is one filled with both trepidation and hope. There is trepidation because the opposition to reform efforts is very strong. But we also know there is hope now that we can see crucial youth reform measures can be realized under this administration.

 

Security of Employment

 

Now is the time to raise the collective voice of the youth in fighting not only for jobs, but security of tenure in those jobs.

 

Contractualization is a major factor to the serious employment problem. The youth have nothing to gain from such an oppressive and failed job policy that has ensured that our workers have little protection from corporate greed.  Current labor laws are inadequate in ensuring the rights of workers are protected by the pernicious effects of contractualization.

 

A study in 2000 by a leading international research NGO showed that the “combined share of casual, contractual and part-time workers in total enterprise-based employment” had increased from 14 to 15 percent in 1990-94 to 18.1 percent in 1995 and to 21.1 percent in 1997, which meant that for every five workers at least one was a non-regular worker.

 

Another local research has even claimed that between 1995 and 2005, contractual labor in the Philippines has “soared from 65 percent to as much as 78 percent of the country’s employed labor force.”

 

The youth is challenging the Aquino government to generate secure jobs for all, especially for the working youth, and for jobs wherein workers are justly remunerated and their rights are fully respected. We are also calling for the passage of the Security of Tenure bill, HB 4853, which has been lingering in Congress for more than a decade now. This legislation, if passed, will be the biggest response of the President Aquino government in addressing the working youth’s concerns

 

Education

In 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which recognized the universal right to education. We believe that education is a right that must remain accessible to all Filipinos regardless of race, religion, gender, and social class.

 

While the government has made attempts to solve this problem, it has yet to address the issue of educational accessibility. A K-12 system does not mean more poor youths will have access to education.

 

The solution is larger government investment in education. With the current administration spending only 2.44% of the GNP, less than the 6% international standard, it comes as no surprise that education in the country remains as dismal as ever.

 

Access, however, must go in tandem with quality. We believe that students learn more in academic environments that respect their rights. The Students Rights and Welfare (STRAW) bill will allow students to demand more from their teachers and administrators. It will also ensure that school administrations respect the autonomy of its students.

 

Healthcare and RH Bill

 

We believe that a comprehensive reproductive health policy is crucial to the welfare of the youth. Age-appropriate and gender sensitive sex education is integral to the intellectual and moral growth of young people.

 

It is imperative that RH information and services be made available and accessible to those who needed it most:  young people, who are most prone to sexual illnesses and unwanted pregnancies.

 

We support the Reproductive Health Bill. It is a law that will allow the state to uphold women’s rights and the health of its citizens, regardless of which faith they subscribe to.

 

These three measures are the most urgent legislative actions that can address the needs of the Filipino youth today. We therefore urge President Aquino to fast track their passage.

 

We agree that the road to reform is a rough and rugged road. However, it is a road that we Filipino youth will wholeheartedly tread. The straight path, the “tuwid na daan” which our hero Jose Rizal walked was never easy. But we must remember that at the end of every road is the destination. For the likes of Rizal it was freedom from tyranny and ignorance. For the youth, it is the freedom from economic disempowerment, from deprivation of right to health, and the right to meaningful education.

 

There are five years left for our President to accomplish these and other reforms. They may seem insurmountable but with the youth backing a comprehensive reform agenda, we will succeed.

 

Signed:

MABUTING PILIPINO YOUTH MOVEMENT

 

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Full Force for SK Reform

Iligan City. Mayor Lawrence Cruz, the City Council, the SK City Federation, the Iligan Federation of Youth Organizations, the Student Councils, all, pass separate position papers and resolutions in full support of HB 468: SK Reform and Empowerment Bill filled by Akbayan, the same bill endorsed by SK Reform Coalition.

Full Force for SK Reform in Iligan City

see PDF files here.

Full Force for SK Reform in Iligan City

see PDF files here.

Lobby local youth organizations, the city council, your representative in congress! Have then support SK Reform, which means they believe and support meaningful youth participation in governance. If they don’t, let’s have them in our list of politicians that don’t deserve the vote of young people comes election. ;]

And, don’t forget to send us the copies so we can forward them for you and have them posted here!.

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Consolidated SK Reform Bill

Dear All,

Here is the consolidated first draft of  SK Reform Bill of all pending reform bills in House of Representatives. HB 468, which is the version we are supporting, is the bill used in consolidating the other bills.  The authors of the reform bills have so far approved on:

  • age range for SK: 18-25
  • strengthening of the Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) as an accountability mechanism
  • a Youth development council (Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng Kabataan/KPK)
  • anti-dynasty provision (yes, there is an agreement to included this!!!)
  • fiscal autonomy and budget process

furthermore, the consolidate has the following contents:

  • SK functions are more detailed
  • SK official’s privileges are spelled out
  • removal from office, succession and filling out of vacancies are detailed
  • clear role for NYC in administering trainings for SK
  • autonomy of SK National Federation, still to report to the Office of the President through DILG

The Consolidated bill is still subject for discussion. Thus, your further inputs are very critical at the moment in shaping an SK that we want.

We encourage you to study the consolidated bill thoroughly.

Send us your comments/position papers which we can consolidate and forward to the House and Senate Committees.

Sulong SK Reform!

download pdf of consolidated bill here.

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Republic of the Philippines

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Quezon City, Metro Manila

FIFTEENTH CONGRESS

First Regular Session

House Bill No. ________

(In substitution of House Bill Nos. 468, 1963, 2770, 2845 & 2965)

 

 

Introduced by

 

 

 

AN ACT

TO REFORM AND STRENGTHEN THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN (SK), AMENDING FOR THAT PURPOSE REPUBLIC ACT NO. 7160, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE OF 1991” AND PROVIDING FUNDS THEREFORE

 

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress Assembled:

 

 

SECTION 1. Title. – This Act shall be known as “The Sangguniang Kabataan Reform and Empowerment Act of 2011.”

 

 

SECTION 2. Creation and Election. – Section 423 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

SEC. 423. Creation and Election. – (a) There shall be in every barangay a Sangguniang Kabataan to be composed of a CHAIRPERSON AND seven (7) WHO SHALL BE ELECTED. TWO (2) EX-OFFICIO REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED BY THE KATIPUNANG PANGKAUNLARAN NG KABATAAN, AND A SECRETARY AND TREASURER WHO SHALL BE APPOINTED BY THE CHAIRPERSON.

 

(b) A sangguniang kabataan official who, during his or her term of office, shall have passed the age of twenty-five (25) years shall be allowed to serve the remaining portion of the term for which he or she was elected.

 

 

SECTION 3. Katipunan ng mga Kabataan. – Section 424 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Section 424. Katipunan ng mga Kabataan. – THERE SHALL BE IN EVERY BARANGAY A Katipunan ng mga Kabataan TO be composed of all citizens of the Philippines actually residing in the barangay for at least six (6) months, who are at least EIGHTEEN (18) but not more than TWENTY-FIVE (25) years of age, and who are duly registered in the list of the Sangguniang Kabataan or in the official barangay list in the custody of the barangay secretary.

 

 

SECTION 4. Powers and Duties of the Katipunan ng mga Kabataan. – Section 425 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Section 425. POWERS AND DUTIES of the Katipunan ng Kabataan. –

 

(A)  THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN SHALL BE THE HIGHEST POLICY-MAKING BODY TO DECIDE ON MATTERS AFFECTING THE YOUTH OF THE BARANGAY. ALL PLANS AND PROGRAMS OF THE SANGUNIANG KABATAAN HAS TO BE APPROVED BY THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN;

 

(B)  the katipunan ng kabataan may reprimand, censure or remove any sangguniang kabataan member who has failed to discharge his or her duties effectively, or have committed other abuses as stipulated in existing laws on public officials, through a 2/3 majority vote;

 

(C)  the katipunan ng kabataan shall meet at least twice a year or at the call of the chairperson of the sangguniang kabataan. the first katipunan ng kabataan meeting shall take place not later than three (3) months after the proclamation of the results of the preceding sk elections and shall be convened by the sangguniang kabataan chairperson. for the succeeding meetings and for purposes of facilitation, the katipunan ng kabataan may chose among its members a katipunan chairperson;

 

in case the membership of the katipunan ng kabataan exceeds five hundred (500), the regular meetings of the katipunan may be organized on the basis of a proportional system of representation as determined by the sangguniang kabataan in coordination with the sangguniang barangay.

 

(D)  the katipunan ng kabataan may create such bodies and committees as it may deem necessary to fulfill its functions and duties.

 

 

SECTION 5. Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng Kabataan. – (a) There shall be in every Katipunan ng Kabataan a Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng Kabataan, a body that shall develop the development programs and activities of the Sangguniang Kabataan and shall serve as its civil society arm.

 

(b) The Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng Kabataan shall be composed of representatives from different youth organizations and associations operating in the barangay. Its first assembly shall be convened by the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson prior to the first Katipunan ng Kabataan meeting.

 

(c) The Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng Kabataan shall develop, along with the Sangguniang Kabataan, an annual youth development plan for the barangay, and shall monitor its implementation.

 

(d) The Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng Kabataan shall elect among its members two (2) ex-officio representatives to the Sangguniang Kabataan that shall have the same powers and discharge the same duties and functions as the Sangguniang Kabataan members. The elections of the representatives shall be facilitated by the Sangguniang Kabataan in coordination with the Commission on Elections.

 

SECTION 6. Powers and Duties of the Sangguniang Kabataan. – Section 426 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Section 426. Powers and DUTIES of the Sangguniang Kabataan – The Sangguniang Kabataan shall:

 

(a)  XXX

 

(b) INITIATE AND IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS THAT AIM TO PROMOTE MEANINGFUL YOUTH PARTICIPATION, ACCESSIBLE EDUCATION, YOUTH EMPLOYMENT, ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP, SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH, SPORTS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT;

 

(c)  XXX

 

(d)  XXX

 

(e)  Submit and present annual and end-of-term PROGRAM AND FINANCIAL reports to the Sangguniang Barangay, KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN, AND KATIPUNANG PANGKAUNLARANG NG KABATAAN on their projects and activities for the survival and development of the youth in the barangay;

 

(f)   CONSULT AND COORDINATE WITH THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN, KATIPUNANG PANGKAUNLARAN NG KABATAAN AND DIFFERENT YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS IN THE BARANGAY FOR POLICY FORMULATION AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION;

 

(g)  XXX

 

(h)  COORDINATE AND COOPERATE WITH THE SANGGUNIANG BARANGAY ON OTHER YOUTH-RELATED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS THAT THE SANGGUNIANG BARANGAY WISHES TO INITIATE AND IMPLEMENT;

 

(i)   XXX

 

(j)   PRESENT TO THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN ITS ANNUAL PROGRAM OF ACTION AND ITS BUDGET; AND

 

(k)  DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN GUIDELINES IN LINE WITH THE DUTIES AND PRINCIPLES OUTLINED IN THIS ACT

 

 

SECTION 7. Qualifications. – Section 428 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Section 428. Qualifications. – An elective member of the Sangguniang Kabataan must have following qualifications:

 

A.    HE OR SHE MUST BE A CITIZEN OF THE PHILIPPINES;

 

B.    HE OR SHE MUST BE A QUALIFIED MEMBER OF THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN;

 

C.    HE OR SHE MUST BE BETWEEN EIGHTEEN (18) TO TWENTY FIVE YEARS OLD (25)

 

D.   HE OR SHE MUST BE A RESIDENT OF THE BARANGAY AT LEAST ONE (1) YEAR IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO ELECTION;

 

E.    HE OR SHE MUST BE ABLE TO READ AND WRITE FILIPINO, ENGLISH, OR THE LOCAL DIALECT;

 

F.    HE OR SHE MUST NOT HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF ANY CRIME INVOLVING MORAL TURPITUDE;

 

G.   HE OR SHE MUST NOT HAVE ANY RELATIVE IN ELECTIVE PUBLIC OFFICE WITHIN THE THIRD DEGREE OF CONSANGUINITY OR AFFINITY.

 

 

SECTION 8. Determination Of Degree Of Consanguinity And Affinity. – (A) Consanguinity is defined as the state of being related by blood or having descended from a common ancestor and applies to both full blood and half-blood relatives.

 

(b) Affinity is defined as the relation, formed by marriage, between one spouse and the blood relatives of the other spouse.

 

(c) In computing the degree, one generation in the direct course is considered as one degree, either in ascending or descending line.

 

(d)  In the reckoning with respect to affinity, the spouses are deemed to be one person. The lateral, bridging step between them is not counted as a degree.

 

 

SECTION 9. Term of Office. – Section 429 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Section 429. Term of Office – The Sangguniang Kabataan CHAIRPERSON and members shall hold office for a period of three (3) years unless sooner removed for cause as provided by law, permanently incapacitated, die or resign from office. NO MEMBER OR CHAIRPERSON OF THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN SHALL SERVE FOR MORE THAN THREE (3) CONSECUTIVE TERMS.

 

 

SECTION 10. Sangguniang Kabataan CHAIRPERSON. – Section 430 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 430. Sangguniang Kabataan CHAIRPERSON. – The registered voters of the katipunan ng kabataan shall elect the chairperson of the Sangguniang Kabataan who shall automatically serve as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay upon his assumption to office. As such, the Chairperson shall exercise the same powers, discharge the same duties and functions, and enjoy the same privileges as the regular Sangguniang Barangay members, and shall be the CHAIRPERSON of the COMMITTEE ON YOUTH DEVELOPMENT in the said Sanggunian.

 

SECTION 11. Powers and Duties of the Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson. – Section 431 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 431. Powers and Duties of the Sangguniang Kabataan CHAIRPERSON. – The Sangguniang Kabataan Chairperson shall have the following duties:

(a) Call and preside over all meetings of the Sangguniang Kabataan, and UPON THE DECISION OF THE BODY, the Katipunan ng Kabataan;

(b) ENSURE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF policies, programs, and projects within his OR HER jurisdiction in coordination with the Sangguniang Barangay ;

(c) Exercise general supervision over the affairs and activities of the sangguniang kabataan and the official conduct of its members, and such other officers of the Sangguniang Kabataan within his OR HER jurisdiction;

(d) XXX;

(e) PRESENT TO THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN AND SANGGUNIANG BARANGAY THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN’S ANNUAL PROGRAM OF ACTION AND FINANCIAL REPORT;

(F) Exercise such other powers and perform such other duties and functions as may be prescribed by law or ordinance; AND,

(G) COORDINATE WITH THE SANGGUNIANG BARANGAY FOR THE YOUTH-RELATED PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS OF THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN.

 

SECTION 12. Powers and Duties of the Sangguniang Kabataan Secretary. – Section 432 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 432. Sangguniang Kabataan Secretary. – The Sangguniang Kabataan Secretary shall:

(a) XXX

(b) XXX

(c) XXX

(d) Perform such other duties and discharge such other functions as the CHAIRPERSON of the sangguniang kabataan may prescribe or direct.

 

SECTION 13. Powers and Duties of the Sangguniang Kabataan Treasurer. – Section 433 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 433. Sangguniang Kabataan Treasurer. – The sangguniang kabataan treasurer shall:

(a) XXX

(b) XXX

(c) XXX

(d) XXX

(e) Submit to the KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN, sangguniang kabataan and to the sangguniang barangay certified and detailed statements of actual income and expenditures at the end of every month; and

(f) Perform such other duties and discharge such other functions as the CHAIRPERSON of the sangguniang kabataan may prescribe or direct.

 

SECTION 14. Privileges of Sangguniang Kabataan officialsSection 434 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Section 434. Privileges of the Sangguniang Kabataan Officials – (A) The Sangguniang Kabataan CHAIRPERSON shall have the same privileges enjoyed by other sangguniang barangay officials under this Code subject to such requirements and limitations provided herein.

 

(B) ALL REGULAR SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN KAGAWADS SHALL RECEIVE HONORARIA, ALLOWANCES AND SUCH OTHER EMOLUMENTS AS MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY LAW OR BARANGAY, MUNICIPALITY OR CITY ORDINANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS CODE, BUT IN NO CASE SHALL IT BE LESS THAN ONE THOUSAND PESOS (P1, 000.00) PER MONTH: PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE ANY ADDITIONAL HONORARIA, ALLOWANCES AND SUCH OTHER EMOLUMENTS THAT ARE TO BE TAKEN FROM THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN FUNDS SHALL BE FIRST APPROVED BY THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN.

 

(C) DURING THEIR INCUMBENCY, SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN OFFICIALS, INCLUDING THE EX-OFFICIO REPRESENTATIVES, SHALL BE EXEMPT FROM PAYMENT OF TUITION AND MATRICULATION FEES WHILE ENROLLED IN PUBLIC TERTIARY SCHOOLS, INCLUDING STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT SHALL REIMBURSE SAID COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY THE AMOUNT OF THE TUITION AND MATRICULATION FEES: PROVIDED, THAT, TO QUALIFY FOR THE PRIVILEGE, THE SAID OFFICIALS SHALL ENROLL IN THE STATE COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY WITHIN THE REGION OF THE BARANGAY WHERE THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN OFFICIAL IS SERVING.

 

 

SECTION 15. Removal from Office, Succession and Filling of Vacancies. – Section 435 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 433. REMOVAL FROM OFFICE, Succession, and Filling of Vacancies. – A. THE FOLLOWING SHALL BE GROUNDS FOR REMOVAL FROM OFFICE FOR SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN CHAIRPERSON AND MEMBERS:

(A)  ABSENCE WITHOUT VALID REASONS FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE MONTHS;

(B)  FAILURE TO CONVENE MEETINGS OF THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN AND SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN;

(C)  CONVICTION OF A CRIME INVOLVING MORAL TURPITUDE; AND

(D) VIOLATION OF EXISTING LAWS AGAINST GRAFT AND CORRUPTION AND OTHER CIVIL SERVICE LAWS.

B. A SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN CHAIRPERSON OR MEMBER IS DEEMED ELIGIBLE FOR REPLACEMENT IF HE OR SHE REFUSES TO ASSUME OFFICE, FAILS TO QUALIFY, VOLUNTARILY RESIGNS, DIES OR IS PERMANENTLY INCAPACITATED.

C. IN CASE THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN CHAIRPERSON IS REMOVED FROM OFFICE OR BECOMES ELIGIBLE FOR REPLACEMENT, THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN MEMBER WHO RECEIVED THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF VOTES SHALL ASSUME THE OFFICE OF THE CHAIRPERSON FOR THE UNEXPIRED PORTION OF THE TERM, AND SHALL DISCHARGE THE POWER AND DUTIES, AND ENJOY THE RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES APPURTENANT OF THE OFFICE. IN CASE THE SAID MEMBER REFUSES OR FAILS TO QUALIFY, THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN MEMBER WHO RECEIVED THE NEXT HIGHEST OF VOTES SHALL ASSUME THE OFFICE OF THE CHAIRPERSON FOR THE UNEXPIRED PORTION OF THE TERM. IN CASE ALL MEMBERS OF THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN REFUSES TO ASSUME OFFICE OR FAILS TO QUALIFY, A SPECIAL ELECTION IN A KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN SHALL BE CONVENED FIFTEEN (15) DAYS AFTER THE VACANCY IN COORDINATION WITH THE COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS AND THE SANGGUNIANG BARANGAY TO ELECT A NEW CHAIRPERSON.

D. IN CASE OF VACANCY IN THE POSITIONS OF THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN KAGAWAD, THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN SHALL CONVENE A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN TO ELECT MEMBERS FOR THE VACATED POSITIONS, PROVIDED THAT SUCH ELECTION SHALL BE CONDUCTED IN COORDINATION WITH THE COMMISSION ON ELECTIONS AND THE SANGGUNIANG BARANGAY.

 

SECTION 16. Mandatory Training and Seminar On Leadership, Program Development and Youth AdvocaciesAll Sangguniang Kabataan officials must undergo mandatory trainings and seminars on leadership and program development which will enable them to identify projects and programs IN LINE WITH THE DUTIES AND PRINCIPLES OUTLINED IN THIS ACT.

 

The National Youth Commission (NYC) is the agency directed to provide the abovementioned trainings and semninars.

 

 

SECTION 17. Barangay Funds. – Section 329 of Republic Act 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

Section 329. Barangay Funds. – All the income of the barangay derived from whatever source shall accrue to its general fund and shall, at the option of the barangay concerned, be kept as trust fund in custody of the city or municipal treasurer or deposited in a bank, preferably government-owned, situated in or nearest to its area of jurisdiction. Such funds shall be disbursed in accordance with the provisions of this Title. Ten percent (10%) of the general fund of the barangay shall be set aside for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).

THE SANGGUNIANG BARANGAY SHALL APPROPRIATE THE SANGUNIANG KABATAAN FUND IN LUMP SUM. THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN SHALL HAVE FISCAL AUTONOMY IN ITS OPERATIONS AS TO THE DISBURSEMENT AND ENCASHMENT OF THEIR INCOME AND EXPENSES, PROVIDED THAT THE ALLOCATION OF THE FUNDS SHALL BE APPROVED BY THE KATIPUNAN NG KABATAAN AND THAT MECHANISM FOR REVIEW OF THE ALLOCATION AND DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS BY THE KATIPUNANG PANGKAUNLARAN NG KABATAAN SHALL BE ESTABLISHED.

 

SECTION 18. Procedure for reviewing SK Budgets. – (a) All SK budgets shall be reviewed through the following procedure:

 

1) All SK budgets shall be approved by a majority of all the members of the Sangguniang Kabataan based on the Annual Barangay Youth Development Plan (ABYDP) formulated in consultation with the Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) and the Local Youth Development Council. The SK chairperson shall furnish the Sangguniang Barangay and the higher SK Federation a copy for their information and the higher SK Federation for the latter to review the budget appropriations if they conform to the priorities and goals of the federation and to approve the same;

 

2) All SK budgets, with attached minutes of the KK and LYDC Assembly approving the Annual Barangay Youth Development Plan, shall be submitted to the SK City/ Municipal Local Executive Committee (LEC) on or before the last working day of October of every year. The SK City/ Municipal Local Executive Committee shall review for approval and deliberate on the budget in a regular or special session whether the same conforms to the ABYDP, before the last working day of November. The LEC shall see to it that the appropriations are based on the approved ABYDP and it contains the following mandatory allocations:

 

i. green brigade – 10%

ii. capability building – 10%

iii. drug awareness campaign – 10%

iv. Local Youth Development Council – 10%

v. Barangay Council for the Protection of Children – 10%

vi. SK Federation annual dues – 2%

 

are allocated in the SK budget. The remaining 48% of the budget shall be allocated in any of the following priority concerns:

 

i. educational services

ii. health concerns

iii. sports leagues

iv. livelihood programs

v. Buwan ng Kabataan

vi. Other activities which may be conceptualized and initiated by the KK, LYDC, and SK Council

 

All approved budget shall be certified as approved by the SK City/Municipal President as the case may be;

 

3) Any SK Chairperson who fails to submit the SK budget together with the attachments found in the preceding paragraph shall be subject to proper investigation and appropriate disciplinary action to be determined by their respective SK LEC in accordance with the SK Constitution and By-Laws;

 

4) No SK Budget can be utilized by the SK concerned, without the appropriate certification from the SK Federation President with the concurrence of the SK City/ Municipal Local Executive Committee;

 

5) All Realignments in the Barangay SK Budgets shall be reviewed for approval and be deliberated in the same manner in paragraph 2.

 

(b) Barangay SK budgets shall be allocated based on the ABYDP provided that at least two (2) of the priority concerns are also properly allocated and that two (2) percent of the annual budget of the barangay SK are allocated for the annual dues of the higher federations.

 

 

SECTION 19. Pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan. – Section 436 of Republic act no. 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Section 436. Pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan. – (A) There shall be an organization of all the Pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan to be known as follows:

 

(1) IN MUNICIPALITIES, PAMBAYANG PEDERASYON NG MGA SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN;

 

(2) IN CITIES, PANLUNGSOD NA PEDERASYON NG MGA SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN;

 

(3) ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL, PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON NG MGA SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN.

 

(B) THE PEDERASYON NG MGA SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN SHALL, AT ALL LEVELS, ELECT FROM AMONG THEMSELVES THE PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT AND SUCH OTHER OFFICERS AS MAY BE NECESSARY AND SHALL BE ORGANIZED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER:

 

(1) THE PANLUNGSOD AND PAMBAYANG PEDERASYON SHALL BE COMPOSED OF ALL OF THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN OFFICIALS OF THE BARANGAYS IN THE CITY OR MUNICIPALITY, RESPECTIVELY;

 

(C) THE ELECTED PRESIDENTS OF THE PANLUNGSOD AND PAMBAYANG PEDERASYON SHALL CONSTITUTE THE PAMBANSANG KATIPUNAN NG MGA SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN.

 

(D) THE SK CHAIRPERSON WHO IS ELECTED AS FEDERATION PRESIDENT SHALL AUTOMATICALLY SERVE AS AN EX-OFFICIO MEMBER OF THE LOCAL SANGGUNIAN AND SPECIAL BODIES, SUCH AS BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE LOCAL HEALTH BOARD, PEACE AND ORDER COUNCIL, LOCAL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD, AND LOCAL TOURISM COUNCIL. AS SUCH, HE/SHE SHALL HAVE THE SAME POWERS, DISCHARGE THE SAME DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS, AND ENJOY THE SAME PRIVILEGES AS THE REGULAR MEMBERS OF THESE SPECIAL BODIES.

 

(E) THE PRESIDENT OF THE PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON NG MGA SK SHALL SERVE AS EX-OFFICIO COMMISSIONER OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH COMMISSION AS PROVIDED FOR BY REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8044. AS EX-OFFICIO COMMISSIONER, HE SHALL BE ENTITLED TO THE SAME RANK, COMPENSATION, RIGHTS AND PRIVILEGES OF A DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT SECRETARY.

 

(F) THE PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON NG SK SHALL MAINTAIN ITS OWN SECRETARIAT FOR EFFICIENT COORDINATIOM AND EFFECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION

 

(G) THE PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON NG SK SHALL BE INDEPENDENT OF ALL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND AGENCIES IN ITS OPERATIONS IT SHALL DEVELOP ACTIVE LINES OF COORDINATION AND COMMUNICATION WITH THE DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT OFFICES AND AGENCIES AND SHALL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ITS POLICIES AND OPERATION. AT THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES, THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT, AN ANNUAL REPORT OF PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING A FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF ALL ITS FUNDS AND DISBURSEMENTS. THE PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON PRESIDENT IS THE ONE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF THE ANNUAL REPORT OF PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES. THE PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON PRESIDENT TOGETHER WITH THE PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON TREASURER ARE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUBMISSION OF THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT OF ALL ITS FUNDS AND DISBURSEMENTS.

 

(H)  THE PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON NG SK IS HEREBY AUTHORIZED TO RECEIVE DONATIONS, REQUESTS, GRANTS AND FUNDS FROM OTHER SOURCES SUBJECT TO THE PERTINENT PROVISION OF LAW AND APPROVAL OF THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD (NEB)

 

(I)  THE PAMBANSANG PEDERASYON NG SK SHALL BE EXEMPTED FROM ALL FORMS OF TAXATION OR OTHER IMPOSITIONS AND SHALL BE FREE FROM ALL DUTIES AND ALL OTHER IMPOSTS ON ANY EQUIPMENT, ARTICLES OR GOODS NECESSARY FOR ITS OPERATIONS.

 

 

SECTION 20. Observance of BUWAN ng Kabataan. – Section 439 of Republic Act No. 7160 is hereby amended to read as follows:

 

Section 439. Observance of Buwan ng Kabataan –

 

(A)   Every barangay, municipality, city and province shall, in coordination with the pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan at all levels, conduct an annual activity to be known AS THE BUWAN NG KABATAAN EVERY MAY OF EVERY YEAR. NON COMPLIANCE WITH THIS PROVISION OF SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN AT ALL LEVELS WOULD MEAN AN IMPOSITION OF DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE SK FEDERATION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS.

 

(B)   X X X

 

 

SECTION 21. Date of ElectionSection 1 of Republic Act 9340 is hereby amended in order to read as follows:

 

Section 1. Date of Election – xxx Subsequent barangay and sangguniang kabataan elections shall be held on the LAST MONDAY OF OCTOBER 2011 and every three (3) years thereafter.

 

 

SECTION 22. Registration. – Registration of Sangguniang Kabataan voters shall be governed by Republic Act No. 8189. The system of continuing registration provided under section 8 of Republic Act No. 8189 shall also apply to the registration of the Katipunan ng Kabataan members.

 

 

SECTION 23.   Constitution and By-Laws. – The term of office, manner of election, removal, filling up of vacancies, suspension and disciplinary action of the officers and members of the Pederasyon ng mga SK at all levels, and the procedure of reviewing and allocating SK budgets, shall be exclusively governed by the Constitution and By-laws of the SK promulgated and ratified by the SK National Federation. Provided, that provisions of such Constitution and By-laws are in line with the provisions of this Code and other existing national laws and policies of the youth.

 

Provided, that the Chairperson/President of the SK or Pederasyon ng mga SK at any level, who is suspended or removed from his or her position in accordance with the SK constitution and by-laws and as provided for in the local government code and other applicable laws shall also be deemed suspended or removed in the local sanggunian where he or she sits as an ex-officio member.

 

The Chairman/President of the Pederasyon at any level, or the SK Chairperson when removed as ex-officio member of the sanggunian on the grounds in the Local Government Code, shall be automatically removed as Chairperson/President of the Pederasyon concerned

 

 

SECTION 24. Implementing Rules and Regulations. – The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and SK National Executive Board (NEB) shall be tasked to come up with the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) needed for the implementation of this Act. Such IRR should be promulgated within sixty (60) days upon approval of this Act.

 

 

SECTION 25. Appropriations. – Such sum as may be necessary for the implementation of the provisions of this Act is hereby authorized to be incorporated in the Annual General Appropriation Act.

 

 

SECTION 26. Separability Clause. – If any section or provision of this Act shall be declared unconstitutional, other provisions not affected shall continue to be in full force and effect.

 

 

SECTION 27. Repealing Clause. – All laws, presidential decrees, executive orders, rules and regulations, or parts thereof, inconsistent with this Act, are hereby repealed or modified accordingly

 

 

SECTION 28. Effectivity. This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days after its publication in at least two (2) newspapers of general circulation.

 

 

Approved,

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SK Reform Coalition is now a part of GYAC!

Dear all,

I am happy and proud to announce that our Coalition is now part of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network, initially convened and supported by the World Bank Institute, the British Council Global Changemakers Program, and Jeunesses Musicales International.

The Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC) is a global network of youth activists, journalists, artists, including musicians coming together in the fight against corruption at the global and local fronts. Annually, the network convenes the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Summit. The first summit was held in Brussels, Belgium last May 2010, and recently, the second in Nairobi, Kenya, where SK Reform Coalition first participated.

GYAC is an opportunity for SK Reform Coalition to broaden its information campaign on youth participation in governance in the Philippines; to share with and learn from different youth anti-corruption and good governance initiatives from all over the globe. GYAC also opens many doors for partnerships with different youth organizations and development partners from all over the globe.

Visit the GYAC and Global Changemakers site for more details! We encourage our partners to actively take part in these global networks.

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RESOLUTION URGING THE PASSAGE OF THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN REFORM AND EMPOWERMENT BILL

WHEREAS, the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines is the largest and broadest formation of student councils, political parties, organizations and young leaders in the country with member-schools in more than 60 provinces and 100 cities nationwide.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance pushes for the direct and meaningful participation of young people in the affairs of the State.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance also commits itself to actively strive for progressive and positive change within the society in which it exists.

 

WHEREAS, the Youth in Nation Building Act or Republic Act 8044 stipulates that the State “recognizes its responsibility to enable the youth to fulfill their vital role in nation-building”.

 

WHEREAS, House Bill No. 468 or the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform and Empowerment Bill sponsored by Akbayan Reps. Walden Bello and Kaka Bag-ao seeks to “putting the SK on the right track” requiring “an overhaul of its set-up”.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance vehemently opposes the abolition of the SK and present alternatives to it as a struggle against tokenism and band-aid solutions.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance supports the provisions of the HB No. 468 especially the strengthening of the Katipunan ng Kabataan or KK as an oversight body in the affiars of the KK.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance supports HB No. 468’s provision on the creation of the Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng mga Kabataan which has the mandate to draft the youth development plan of the SK.

 

WHEREAS, the Alliance recognizes the need to, as HB No. 468 provides, democratize the access to power by introducing anti-dynasty provisions.

 

WHEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS IT IS RESOLVED, that the Student Council Alliance of the Philippines strongly supports the passage of the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform and Empowerment Bill (HB No. 468).

 

In the name of the Alliance,

 

(sgd)                                                              (sgd)

GIO TINGSON                                              GIBBY GORRES

National Chairperson                                  National Secretary General

 

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HB 468 (SK Reform and Empowerment Bill) Sponsorship Speech by Rep. Kaka J. Bag-ao of AKBAYAN Partylist March 9, 2011 / Committee on Local Government / R.V. Mitra 14 and 15

Mr. Chairman, mga kasama, magandang hapon po sa inyong lahat.

Article II, Section 13 of the 1987 Constitution recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and encourages their participation in public and civic affairs.  This is the essence of the Sangguniang Kabataan – to provide the youth with the progressive platform to introduce them to governance.

However, we have seen that the SK has also been infected by the very corrupt practices that have plagued the other institutions of our government. Instead of the youth working for the youth, projects and programs have been reduced to mere sports fests and beauty contests. Instead of the youth leading the youth, the SK leaders have been serving as extensions of public officials who wish to expand their sphere of influence. The SK has been merely another avenue of fraud and dishonesty, and many had called for its abolition.

Ngunit, Mr. Chair, ang korupsyon sa Sangguniang Kabataan ay nagsisimula hindi sa mga kabataan.  The issue of corruption in the system and incompetency of the SK is not because of age; rather, the problem lies in the SK’s institutional flaws – the lack of transparency in the system and the lack of accountability among the leaders.

To abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan has never been the answer.  Naniniwala ang Akbayan na ang pagbuwag sa Sangguniang Kabataan ay hindi sagot sa pagkitil ng korupsyon. The Sangguniang Kabataan is the platform for the young people to participate in governance. To abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan is to remove that platform. To abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan is to alienate our youth and stifle their voices, voices that are essential in their role as decision-makers, nation-builders, and protectors of democracy.

Sa matuwid na daan, dapat walang naiiwan. Sa matuwid na daan, ang kabataan ay ang pangunahing instrumento ng pagbabago. Akbayan has consistently called not only for the reform in the Sangguniang Kabataan, but also for its empowerment. Strengthening the foundations of this institution would make it less vulnerable to corruption. Providing for more progressive mechanisms is to ensure the transparency of the system, and empowering the youth is to ensure that they themselves, especially the SK leaders, are accountable for their actions.

Ang Sangguniang Kabataan ay isang demokratikong proseso. Ang isang binago at pinalakas na Sangguniang Kabataan ay ang instrumentong hinihingi ng demokrasya para sa makabuluhang paglahok ng ating kabataan. This is why Akbayan, in partnership with our advocates, filed House Bill 468, or the SK Reform and Empowerment Bill.

This bill is the product of a process of consultations which is youth-led and youth-oriented. Sa madaling salita, mismong ang mga kabataan ang nagtutulak na baguhin, hindi buwagin, ang Sangguniang Kabataan. Allow me to present the provisions and reforms that House Bill 468 is pushing for.

The essential part of reforming and empowering the SK is to strengthen the Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) or the Youth General Assembly, which traditionally has a limiting role of electing SK officials. Under House Bill 468, the Katipunan ng Kabataan will now become the highest policy-making body. The Katipunan ng Kabataan has been given the mandate to approve SK projects and programs. They have the power to reprimand, censure or remove SK officials. They will provide clearer mechanisms for regular meetings, such as allowing proportional representation in huge barangays.

The bill likewise provides for the creation of the Katipunang Pangkaunlaran ng Kabataan or the Barangay Youth Development Council, which is composed of different youth organizations in the barangay. It is mandated to develop an annual youth development plan for the barangay that will be the basis of the projects and programs that the SK will implement.

To provide a more progressive role of the youth in the barangay, the bill also redefines the mandate of the Sangguniang Kabataan. The SK is now tasked to initiate and implement programs that promote meaningful youthful participation, accessible education, youth employment, active citizenship, sexual and reproductive health, sports and sustainable development.

The bill provides for an anti-political dynasty clause, thus ensuring equal and fair access to youth participation in accordance with Article II, Section 26 of the Philippine Constitution. The bill also expands participation to young Filipinos who are from 15 to 25 years of age.

To ensure transparency and accountability in the system, The SK is mandated to be convened in a more systematic and regular manner for the approval of projects, and is also required to report to the Katipunan ng Kabataan.

To prevent and alleviate corruption, the bill mandates that the SK Chairperson cannot be below the 18 years of age. The rationale is that in our experience, SK chairpersons who are under the age of majority are often influenced by corrupt public officials since they cannot enter into contracts by themselves.

The bill also mandates that the Sangguniang Kabataan will handle all funds by themselves provided that they regularly report to the Katipunan ng Kabataan, therefore giving them fiscal autonomy and preventing corruption by means of barangay officials negotiating for kickbacks. This also provides for the system of transparency and accountability that we are pushing as part of our reforms in the SK.

House Bill 468, as filed by Akbayan and sponsored by our partner advocates, provides for the reforms needed by the Sangguniang Kabataan in the belief that in a democratic government, everyone, especially the youth, must participate in the decision-making and policy-implementing processes of our government. Naniniwala ang Akbayan na sa matuwid na daan, ang pagbabago at pagpapalakas ng ating Sangguniang Kabataan ang sagot upang mapanatili ang isang progresibong plataporma ng pamamahala na magbibigay ng boses at pagkakataon sa ating kabataan upang sila ay lumahok sa mga desisyon at pamamalakad na sila rin ang makikinabang sa hinaharap.

Sa ating patuloy na pagtahak sa tuwid na daan, ang pagkitil sa korupsyon ay dapat magsimula sa unang sangay ng ating pamahalaan – ang barangay. At nararapat lamang na ang manguna sa ating pagtahak sa tuwid na daan, bilang pag-asa ng ating bayan, ay ang mga kabataan.

Magandang hapon, at maraming salamat po.

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