Sarmiento backs abolition of SK

August 16, 2010 10:51 am 

MANILA, Aug. 15 — Commissioner Rene Sarmiento of the Commission on Election (Comelec) favors the call to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).

“Proposal of Interior and Local Government Secretary Robredo is good. I am for it,” he said.

He said that SK should be scrapped as it is not a good training ground for the young people.

“The young learn early about the bad side of politics like commissions in contracts and projects,” Sarmiento said.

Likewise, he said that the teenagers would have a difficulty in combining their studies and their political career.

“It’s difficult to combine studies and political career,” Sarmiento said.

On Thursday, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) submitted a draft measure to Malacañang calling for the abolition of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and the election of a youth representative in the Oct. 25 elections.

The DILG said that the group failed to function and effective in the delivery of public services under the Local Government Code.

Robredo said the draft measure will seek to repeal Section 423 to 439 of the Local Government Code that will, in effect, totally abolish the Katipunan ng Kabataan or the SK, and the amendment of Section 387 (a) and 390 of the same Code to include a youth representative in the barangay who will be elected at large by the youth aged 15 years old but less than 18 years old during the barangay elections.

The draft measure is expected to be certified as urgent or a priority bill by the President. (PNA) RMA/FGP/rsm

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