The National Youth Commission (NYC) in Davao City initiated a concert at the People’s Park last Tuesday, August 12, pushing for the reform of Sangunniang Kabataan (SK). The concert titled “No to Status Quo, Fix SK Now!”, synchronized with the global celebrations for the 2014th International Youth Day and the NYC’s nationwide “National Day of Action for SK Reform” campaign.
The NYC and other advocates aim to gain popular support for Congress to discuss and enact measures this coming October. The advocates call for revising the relevant provisions which govern the SK including genuine autonomy from the barangays and an increasing the age of participation from 18 to 24.
“The salient features of the proposed SK Reforms mean greater autonomy and increasing youth participation for the SK. If we do not reform the SK then the same old problems will crop up and renew calls for abolishing it altogether”, said NYC Area Coordinator Julius Gutierrez.
“The public perception of its insignificance and its involvement in corruption is the main reason for the call of its abolition. There is a need for people to be informed of its impact. Train youth leaders and disseminate the changes to the grassroots”, added Donna Metran Escosora, political and socio-cultural affairs officer to Councilor Mabel Sunga-Acosta of the 2nd District of Davao City.
The concert featured the talents from 10th Infantry “Agila” Division’s band as well as youth performers who answered the NYC’s call for volunteer artists. Also in attendance were 2nd District Councilor April Marie Dayap, Ship for Southeast Asia Youth Program (SSEAYP) delegate January Cutin, Compostela Valley Board Member Jayvee Tyron Uy and various youth leaders and organizations from across the Davao Region.