SK reform bill OK'd (Philippine Star)

MANILA, Philippines – The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a measure seeking to reform and strengthen the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) system.

Approved was House Bill 6043, which seeks to amend certain sections of Republic Act 7160 or the Local Government Code of 1991.

South Cotabato Rep. Pedro Acharon Jr., chairman of the House committee on local government, said the bill aims to reorient youth participation in governance and shield them from partisan politics.

Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas III, author of the measure, said the reform would protect the youth from the perils of traditional politics.

Another bill author Akbayan party-list Rep. Barry Gutierrez said the measure aims to achieve a stronger and more effective youth representation and participation in the democratic processes.

Among the salient provisions of the bill include raising the age limit of eligibleSKvoters and candidates, providing an anti-political dynasty clause and mandatingSKofficials to undergo leadership training and seminars on development.