Sen. Aquino pushes for expanding the anti-dynasty provision of SK reform nill

Senator Bam Aquino supports the moves to expand the general scope of the anti-dynasty provision of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) reform bill.

During the period of amendments on Senate Bill No. 2401 or the Youth Development and Empowerment Act of 2014, the Senate widened the scope of the bill’s anti-dynasty provision.

The new provision prohibits family and relatives of any public official – from national, provincial, city/municipality and barangay levels, including appointed ones — up to second degree of affinity consanguinity from seeking any SK position.

In the previous version of the bill, only family members and relatives of provincial, city/municipal and barangay officials are prohibited from running for any SK position.

“We welcome the expansion of this provision because this is a big help in our efforts to remove the SK from the clutches of partisan and traditional politics,” said Sen. Bam, chairman of the Senate Committee on Youth.

“This move could also be a precursor to the omnibus anti-dynasty bill that we hope would be passed within this administration,” added Aquino, whose “Liga ng Bayaning Kabataan (LBK)” bill was among several bills consolidated under Senate Bill No. 2401.

The bill also expands the SK age range to 18 to 27 years old to make them more accountable for their actions.

“With the wider age range, the youth can sign contracts, disburse money and be more accountable,” Sen. Bam said.

The bill also mandates SK officials to undergo mandatory training programs before they assume their posts, equipping them with necessary skills in governance and leadership which will be useful in their position.

“These training programs will ensure competency of the SK officers so they can be true leaders and role models to the youth,” Sen. Bam said.

In addition, the measure also pushes for the introduction of the Local Youth Development Council (LYDC), a council that will support the SK and ensure the participation of more young people through youth organizations.

The LYDC will be composed of representatives from the different youth organizations in the community – student councils, church and youth faith groups, youth-serving organizations, and community-based youth groups.#