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‘SK law deserves review; abolition needs legislation’

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ILOILO – The plan to abolish the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) needs serious discussions among legislators, said Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) recently expressed support to the call of election lawyer Romulo Macalintal to abolish the SK due to its failure to develop a new breed of political leaders.

“It is deserves to be revisited but the proposed abolition needs legislation,” Defensor said.

Defensor, who served as congressman for three terms, added that if ever SK would be abolished, the youth could be represented by one representative in the Barangay Council to handle youth welfare.

He said, however, it would better that the age requirement of SK members be increased from 15 to 17 years old to 17 to 20 years old.

“We should also consider their level of maturity,” Defensor said.

Sen. JV Ejercito recently proposed to amend some provisions on the SK law for its continuity.

Estrada said he would want to change the present age bracket to 18-24 years old so that the youth would be politically mature to hold office.

“I want SK reforms and progress but I’m not for its abolition,” he said during a recent visit here.

The SK is composed of a chairman, seven members, a secretary and a treasurer.

Qualified are those who are actual residents in the barangay for at least six months and registered in the SK, or in the official list in the custody of the barangay secretary. (PNA)