(CEBU CITY - Public Information Office) The officers and members of various youth organizations in Cebu has initiated activities calling for reforms in the Sangguniang Kabataan or SK.
In line with the celebration for the International Youth Day and the National Day of Action for SK Reform yesterday August 12, 2014 Tuesday, the youth leaders here has initiated at least three major events dubbed as "No to Status Quo, Fix and Reform SK Now."
The celebration kicked off with a Youth Motorcade bringing Youth issues particularly the SK Reform in the streets this morning. It started from the Plaza Sugbo in Cebu City Hall and ending in the Cebu Provincial Capitol.
Cebu City acting mayor Edgardo Labella showed support in the activity and welcomed the hundreds of young leaders who joined in the historical cause.
National Youth Commission or NYC undersecretary Gregorio Ramon Tingson, together with former NYC commissioner Erwin Andaya and former Cebu City SK Federation president John Philip Po enlightened everyone about the advocacy during the second activity which was the Forum and Press Conference held at the Cebu Provincial Capitol Conference Room.
The group also initiated a Manifesto for the immediate passage of SK Reform Law which they will pass to the Cebuano members of the House of Representatives urging to expedite the approval of SK Reform Bill. The signing of the Manifesto has started early this morning and will be continued up to the last activity at 6 o'clock this evening which is the SK Reform Concert at the Fuente Rotunda.
Looking back, the Congress has approved the measure which postponed the SK elections for one year sans holdover aiming to pass reforms in the youth sector's representation in the government.
Andaya shared that the SK election is set on October 28, 2014, but later the lawmakers also agreed to hold the next SK polls between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015. He further said, the Commission on Elections and some lawmakers are proposing for status quo on SK Election, but there is a strong clamor from the youth sector to initiate SK reforms.
The youth groups here are pushing reforms in the framework of SK such as adjusting the age bracket of SK officials from the current 15-17 years old to 18-24 years old; No to Political Dynasty;and the mandatory leadership training for the SK Officials for them to be efficient and effective in their positions, among several others.
Furthermore, the event was pursued in collaboration with NYC; SK Reform Coalition in Cebu; Akbayan Youth Cebu; Student Council Alliance of the Philippines Cebu Chapter; Student Organizations; Civic and barangay-based youth organizations; Local Government Units such as the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Talisay, and Lapu-Lapu; and the Provincial Government of Cebu. (By: Greggy Jiggs P. Senados/Cebu City PIO)