By Bernadette E. Tamayo, Jester P. Manalastas | People's Journal
THE Senate and the House of Representatives have ratified the bicameral conference committee report postponing the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections “for one year without holdover.”
Sen.Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., as chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, sponsored before the plenary the bicam report postponing the SK polls scheduled on October 28 amending Section 1 of Republic Act 9340 which instructs the Commission on Elections and the Department of Interior and Local Government to promulgate the rules necessary within 30 days to implement the measure.
“Until the new set of officials have been duly elected and qualified, the Sangguniang Barangay shall use the Sangguniang Kabataan fund solely for youth development,” Marcos said.
Marcos said that both houses of Congress have agreed to amend RA 9340 pertaining to the holding of SK polls. The Senate and House of Representatives have agreed that “the Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 28, 2013 shall be postponed to a date to be determined by the Comelec between October 28, 2014 and February 23, 2015.”
The proposed measure, which is expected to be signed into law next week by President Benigno Aquino, also states that: “All incumbent Sangguniang Kabataan officials shall not remain in office after the expiration of their term at noon of November 30, 2013.”
The SK positions shall remain vacant until the new set of officials shall have been duly elected and qualified and no appointments shall be made to the vacated positions.