MANILA, Philippines – The country is gearing up again for the election of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials, who will represent and advance the causes that directly affect the welfare of the youth in the villages.
The 2018 SK election will be held almost 8 years since the last one in October 2010 after several postponents in line with the reform on the SK law. (READ: 5 things we serve barangay officials on a silver platter)
Elected by the Katipunang Kabataan, or registered youth 15 to 30 years old, the barangay-based youth council is composed of a chairperson and 7 members. These officials, aged 18 to 24, hold office for 3 years.
The elected SK is expected to come up with the Comprehensive Barangay Youth Development Plan – a 3-year rolling plan that should be aligned with the Philippine Youth Development Plan (PYDP), among other youth-centered laws and ordinances. (READ: What’s in the new Sangguniang Kabataan?)
Republic Act 10742, also known as the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015, lays out these perks:
SK chairperson as ex-officio member
Under the new law, the SK chairperson also serves as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council).
All SK chairpersons under one city or municipality are automatically part of the LGU’s SK Federation.
The federation’s president become an ex-officio member of the city or municipal council. He or she will receive a salary (SG-24) and other authorized allowances given to a regular member of the city or municipal council, in addition to the minimum honorarium in the barangay level or P600 a month. – Rappler.com
Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and also hosts the weekly podcast Newsbreak: Beyond the Stories. She joined Rappler in 2014 after obtaining her journalism degree from the University of the Philippines.