[Ryodan] BROOD Manifesto: No to SK Abolition! Yes to SK Reformation!
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Thu Sep 20 01:19:12 PHT 2007
After a survey conducted among its members, discussion regarding the issue and final circulation of a draft statement, the organization have come up with a manifesto and stand regarding the issue of the Sangguniang Kabataan. Below is an excerpt from the stand:
WE STAND! WE RETAIN! WE REGAIN!
No to SK Abolition! Yes to SK Reformation!
"I, for one, hope that youth will again revolt and again demoralize the dead weight of conformity that now lies upon us."
- Howard Mumford Jones
It is enshrined in Section 13, Article II of the Philippine Constitution that "[T]he State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being. It shall inculcate in the youth patriotism and nationalism, and encourage their involvement in public and civic affairs." In response to this constitutional provision the Congress in 1991, created the SK-Youth Council or Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) for the purpose of introducing the young people to government service in local, provincial, and national levels...
... we the officers and members of Brotherhood of Destiny (BROOD) believe that despite of the many flaws of the present structure of the SK, it is one of the most relevant youth participation in building a strong Nation, hence, we would like to propose the following for possible amendments to certain provisions of Republic Act No. 7160 (R.A. 9184) as known as the Local Government Code, Book III, Chapter 8 - Sangguniang Kabataan:
Increase age bracket of the Katipunang Kabataan (KK) from 15 to 17 to 15-21 and age qualification bracket of SK officials to 18-21, amending Sections 424 and 248 therein. We believe that SK officials should have juridical capacity as provided in Civil Code, which is the fitness to be the subject of legal relations x x x [the] capacity to act, which is the power to do acts with legal effects, and this can be acquired once majority commences at the age of eighteen (18) years;
Give some degree of fiscal autonomy to the SK like those granted in other Local Government Units in order that the youth councils won't be beholden or won't be used for partisan activities by the barangay elders and the mayors. This fiscal autonomy will entail legislation for the SK's share in the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) to be released directly to the youth councils;
Increase relevant trainings of the SK which focuses on their functions as SK officials, this can be done through coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Youth Commission (NYC), Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Education (DepEd), Commission on Human Rights (CHR), National Sports Commission (NSC), and other National Government Agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs);
Provide for provisions that will depoliticize the SK, as proposed by AKBAYAN Party-List Representative Ana Theresia Hontiveros - Baraquel in her House Bill No. 959, introducing the Anti-Dynasty provision as stated in Section 26, Article II of the 1987 Philippine Constitution to avoid corruption and patronage, and
Support the recommendations made by the study conducted by the UP group entitled as "Study on the Impact of the Youth participation in the Local Development Process: The Sangguniang Kabataan Experience."
>> CLICK HERE TO VIEW FULL TEXT OF THE ORGANIZATIONS OFFICIAL STAND AND MANIFESTO ON THE SANNGUNIANG KABATAAN (SK) --> http://www.broodonline.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=158&topic=896
>> CLICK HERE TO ADD YOUR SIGNATURE IN SUPPORT OF THIS MANIFESTO --> http://www.petitiononline.com/SKReform/petition.html
DAVID D. D'ANGELO
National Secretary General
Brotherhood of Destiny (BROOD)
Registered with the National Youth Commission
SEC Registration #CN200517385
6th National Youth Parliament Delegate
Chair Comm. on Cyber Youth
Chair Luzon Advocacy Comm on Magna Carta
Region 3 Convenor
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