National Youth Commission chairman Leon Flores III and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation Negros Occidental president Thea Mae Dino yesterday said while they supported the postponement of the October 28 SK elections, it should not be abolished.
Rep. Alfredo Abelardo Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District) Monday said it appears that the SK is headed towards abolition.
Both houses of Congress agreed that there will be no hold-over SK officials during the one year in which lawmakers decide on the fate of the youth organization, he said.
“We have one year to discuss a youth program to replace the SK,” Benitez added.
“The NYC fully supported the postponement of the SK elections as a prelude to reform and not its abolition,” Flores told the DAILY STAR.
The deferment of the elections to next year sets a clear deadline for Congress to pass a law reforming the SK, he added.
“Should they fail to do so, the SK elections will push through next year using the old system – something which all of us find undesirable,” Flores said.
“The Senate has started committee hearings on SK reforms already, we are confident Congress will pass a reform law in time for next year,” he added.
Reforms are needed, not abolition of the SK, because the youth compose the majority of the population and their voices need to be heard, Dino also said.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental Provincial Elections Supervisor Jessie Suarez yesterday warned barangays that fail to allocate P10,000 from their general fund for the barangay polls that they will be committing an election offense.
Comelec Resolution No. 9739 requires barangays to allocate the amount to augment the funds to be used for the conduct of the 2013 barangay elections, he said.*CPG