SK Reform Law IRR consultation begins

The National Youth Commission (NYC) began the consultation with the youth for the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of the Republic Act 10742 otherwise known as Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Law Tuesday.

The consultation was attended by around 100 youth from different youth organizations in the Davao Region.

NYC Commissioner for Mindanao Earl Saavedra said they are thankful for the reform in the SK as it reinforces the participation of the youth in improving the more than 47 million baranggays in the country.

On January 15 this year, President Benigno Simeon Aquino III signed R.A.10742 into law.

Some of the major provisions amended is the increase of the age requirement for the SK candidates to 18 years old to 24 years old from the former 15 to 17 years old, the financial independence wherein the baranggay must allot 10% of their funds to the projects initiated by the youth, and the establishment of Local Youth Development Council.

“Yung fiscal autonomy, yung fiscal independence kung saan in the set-up before napasa ang SK Reform Law, ang pondo for youth development ay naka-lodge sa IRA ng baranggay. It is very delimiting ito kasi hindi nagagamit for the original purpose yung pera para sa mga kabataan sapagkat hindi ito hawak ng ating mga SK (officials),” said Saavedra.

(The fiscal autonomy or independence was changed because in the present set-up before SK Reform Law, the funds intended for youth development intended for youth development was lodged in the IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment) of the baranggay. It is very delimiting because the funds are not use for its original purpose since it is not controlled by the SK officials.)

Aside from that, SK officials must undergo seminars and trainings to make them ready in their responsibilities.

“The youth must be subjected to mandatory trainings to ensure that they are ready to assume the responsibility of leading our youth in the baranggay level,” he said.

The newly-approved law also has anti-dynasty clause which prohibits youth with relatives, who are local, regional or national officials, until the second degree of consanguinity or affinity.

The NYC has up to March 15 to craft the IRR of the law.

Saavedra said that aside from the youth, they also have to consult with other stakeholders to finalize the IRR such as the Commission on Election (COMELEC), Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Commission on Audit (COA), Department of Budget and Management among others.

After the creation of the IRR, Saavedra said the next step for the NYC is to prepare for the surge of registration of the young voters for the SK Elections on October this year and to encourage the youth to run for SK posts.

“I think the youth is united in terms supporting the new SK Reform Law. We just have to set things right by making the IRR responsive and it has to be well crafted,” said Saavedra.

| Published in 105.9 Balita FM Facebook page: SK Reform Law IRR consultation begins, February 2, 2016

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