By Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard Today
Take away public funds from the Sangguniang Kabataan to prevent its officers and members from being corrupt.
During the hearing of SK reforms by the Senate committee on local government under chairman Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos said no wages should be paid to youth executives.
Imee said the SK is given 10 percent of the barangay funds from the Internal Revenue Allotment or P6.7 million, noting that the allocation could balloon to P89 million.
“This would merely corrupt the youth,” she told the panel. “So my question is why are we visiting the plague of corruption upon the young when it infects even more painfully and thoroughly the higher and more powerful level of government?”
Instead of monetary consideration, Imee said the youth should be motivated to join public servie on a note of idealism.
“I want that the spirit of volunteerism be restored to the SK and to make it a training ground for the youth to be responsible leaders and citizens of our country,” she said.
This was echoed by her brother who said that since SK leaders have a vote on matters that could involve huge amounts of public funds, they are vulnerable to the influence of corrupt politicians or unscrupulous contractors.
Senator Marcos said his committee was studying proposals to peg the age of SK members to either 18-25, 15-25, 18-30 or 15-30 instead of the present 15-17.