Senate approves on 2nd reading SK polls deferment

The Senate on Tuesday approved on second reading the proposed measure of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos which sought to defer the scheduled Sangguniang Kabataan elections this year.

Senate Bill 1186, entitled, “An Act to Postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan Elections on October 28, 2013, Amending for the Purpose Section 1 of Republic Act No. 9340, and for Other Purposes,” was approved on second reading with only one committee amendment.

Marcos, chair of the Senate local government committee and sponsor of the bill, amended line 3, section 3 of the bill, by inserting after the word “necessary” the phrase “to implement this act” and deleting the phrase “to implement this act” on line 4.

Section 3 now reads: “The Commission on Elections and the Department of the Interior and Local Government shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement this Act within thirty (30) days after its effectivity.”

Last September 4, Marcos sponsored on the Senate floor Committee Report No. 1, the first committee report in the current 16th Congress, urging immediate approval of Senate Bill No. 1186.

Marcos, author of the bill, has sought the postponement of the SK elections to give Congress reasonable time to craft legislation that would institute the necessary reforms to the present structure of the SK.

He noted the general observation that the SK under the present structure has lost its effectiveness in advancing the democratic ideals of service-oriented youth leadership.

The senator also said there were reports that the SK leaders have become so politicized and susceptible to dishonest practices in handling public funds that are entrusted to them for the projects and programs intended for the welfare of their constituents.

“As a result, there are strong clamor from different sectors of the society calling for the restructuring and in-depth evaluation of the SK, and institute reforms,” Marcos said.

The National Youth Commission has earlier passed Resolution No. 18, series of 2013 expressing its “support for the postponement of the October 2013 Sangguniang Kabataan elections to give Congress time to legislate substantial reforms before the voting of new SK officials.”

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