The National Youth Commission (NYC) hails the pronouncement from Malacañang that the synchronized elections for the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay councils will push through in May this year.
“Bukod sa welcome development ito, nangangahulugan din na may pagpapahalaga ang Duterte administration sa mahalagang papel na ginagampanan ng sektor ng kabataan upang mapaunlad ang mga pamayanan,” NYC Chairperson Usec. Aiza Seguerra said.
Pushing through with the SK and barangay elections will change the peoples’ mindset on the alleged move to thwart the inherent rights of the electorate.
“Pinaghahandaan namin ng husto ang SK elections because as mandated by the SK Reform Act of 1995, sa NYC nakasalalay ang mandatory training ng lahat ng mahahalal na SK officials. Ayon sa batas, bago tuluyang manungkulan ay required na sumailalim sa training ang SK officials mula sa 44,000 barangays sa buong bansa,” Seguerra continued.
No elected SK chairpersons (who are between 18-24 years of age) can take the oath of office if they won’t undergo the SK Mandatory Training to be facilitated by the NYC in partnership with the DILG and other agencies and accredited training providers.
“Young people, between 15 to 30 years of age ang pwedeng bumoto para sa SK officials, subalit ang pwedeng kumandidato as SK Chairman ay those between 18 to 24 years old. Hence, we look forward to those who registered for the SK elections to exercise their right to vote in the May 16, 2018 synchronized SK and barangay elections,” Seguerra clarified.
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