Seguerra calls for Sangguniang Kabataan elections to push through, saying reforms have improved the institution
The need to prepare for the polls in October, despite plans to postpone it, is the overriding consideration, says Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez
The House of Representatives earlier voted in a caucus to postpone the elections to May 2018 and allow barangay officials to be 'holdovers' until then
If Congress decides this at the last minute, we risk tossing down the drain about a billion pesos Comelec shall have spent on the preparations
The lawmaker says appointing 300,000 barangay officials is nothing compared to the number of drug suspects and crimes that 'would rise' if narco-politicians remain in power
The Comelec prepares for the village and youth council polls, despite a proposal in the House of Representatives to postpone them again
Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Robert Ace Barbers' measure would also allow President Rodrigo Duterte to appoint officers-in-charge once the barangay polls are postponed
Senators from both the majority and minority blocs oppose the President's idea, saying it is 'unconstitutional and undemocratic.'
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez says the bill can be passed into law before October if President Rodrigo Duterte certifies the measure as urgent
The registration period is from November 7, 2016 to April 29, 2017
Majority Leader Rodolfo Fariñas commends his colleagues for a 'truly productive' session. The House of Representatives resumes session on November 7.
The newly-signed law moves the barangay and SK elections scheduled on October 31, 2016, to October next year
A group of 3 young Filipinos want to create a transparency portal to help restore trust in the Sangguniang Kabataan
The registration period is from October 3, 2016 to April 29, 2017. This is after both houses of Congress have approved bills postponing the barangay and SK polls to 2017.
(UPDATED) House Bill 3384 seeks to defer the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections to October 2017
House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez says the prevalence of drug use in barangays nationwide puts into question the local officials' ability to police their own backyards
Both Houses of the 17th Congress expect to separately approve the bills within the first half of September this year, and have President Rodrigo Duterte sign a consolidated version into law
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The Comelec will wait for a law or joint resolution in Congress formalizing the polls' postponement
17 senators have so far signed the committee report recommending the postponement of the elections from October 31, 2016 to October 30, 2017
NYC Chairperson Aiza Seguerra says removing the Sangguniang Kabataan would 'disenfranchise the Filipino youth'
He says the posts for barangay councilors and the Sangguniang Kabataan are useless
President Duterte himself is in favor of it, as several lawmakers file bills and resolutions seeking to move the elections to October 2018
This would allow the government to 'sustain the momentum' in the war against illegal drugs, and give Congress time to legislate reforms in the barangays, says the senator
If her Senate bill is passed, the village and youth council elections scheduled for October 2016 will be postponed to October 2018
October 31 marks the first Sangguniang Kabataan election after 3 years
The petitioners tell the Supreme Court that the Comelec violated the SK Reform Act, which provides for an enlistment period of no less than 30 days
The upcoming Sanngguniang Kabataan elections is the first one after the RA 10742 or the SK Reform Law was signed on January 15, 2016
After some 20 years, the youth organization gets a new symbol
Senator Franklin Drilon files Senate Bill 230 which seeks to 'level the playing field in the political arena'
The Comelec also lists prohibitions during the election and campaign periods, and on election day itself
The village and youth council elections will be on October 31
Senatorial candidates Walden Bello and Lorna Kapunan zero in on correcting structures which put the youth at a disadvantage
Lawmakers say the SK Reform Act is the first law with an anti-political dynasty provision
The P7.7 billion allotted to the Sangguniang Kabataan can be used for programs addressing hunger and malnutrition across the country
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez says this allows the poll body to focus on preparations for the Philippine's national and local elections in May 2016
These reforms will hopefully move the Sangguniang Kabataan toward a merit system that values competency and away from patronage politics
The National Youth Commission calls the anti-dynasty clause a 'landmark provision'
The Comelec says it is a temporary measure to give it enough time to prepare for the youth polls, pending President Aquino's signature on a law postponing it to October 2016
The conduct of the polls will be moved from February 21 this year to the last Monday of October 2016
The consolidated bill provides for the adjustment of the age bracket for youth officials and voters, fiscal autonomy for the SK, and an anti-dynasty clause
The Senate committee on local government is set to sponsor at the plenary a measure postponing the youth polls to October 2016
Holding the SK elections without reforms in place will render all discussions to reform the SK as 'useless,' says Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr
(UPDATED) The gun ban will now be enforced from February 6 to March 2. Comelec's move is in response to recent developments about a possible postponement of the February SK polls.
While preparing for the youth council elections in February, as the law requires, the poll body reiterates its hope the Senate will agree to postpone the exercise
The gun ban and other election-related bans will be enforced in connection with the February 21 Sangguniang Kabataan polls
Passed on 3rd reading, House Bill 5209 sets the next youth council polls for the last Monday of October 2016, in sync with the next barangay elections