HOUSE Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said strong clamor for either the abolition or overhaul of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) law might compel them to consider postponing the scheduled youth polls in October.
Belmonte, who was guest of honor and speaker during a youth summit held over the weekend, said he wants greater youth participation and representation in local development and governance, but reforms must be put in place.
Speaking at the 3rd Youth Summit that the city hosted last Saturday at the Don Alejandro Roces Sr. High School as part of Mayor Herbert Bautista’s youth empowerment program, the House leader said they might even call on President Benigno Aquino 3rd to certify as urgent any measure that would seek to defer the SK elections.
Organized by the office of Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, the activity has drawn in 600 participants from officers and members of the Quezon City SK Federation, Katipunan ng Kabataan (KK) and non-SK youth organizations, including faith-based institutions.
While the summit engaged participants into conversations, workshops, plenary presentation and open forum, the activity also served as venue for participants to come up with recommendations needed for policy formulation and program implementation with emphasis on the their roles and mandates in the SK Federation.
A resolution containing these recommendations was presented to the House Speaker, who also represents the city’s 4th District. Belmonte said there is still ample time to work for its postponement so that reforms can be amended or included to the over four-decades-old law.
Mayor Herbert Bautista, for his part, said that as the newly elected president of the League of City Mayors, consultations on SK election postponement has already been discussed during their meeting and recommendations have already been forwarded to the Office of the President and the Department of Interior and Local Government for proper disposition.
Youth participation in local governance has been institutionalized in the 1991 Local Government Code through the SK organized in each barangay.