Thousands of students of Bataan Peninsula State University (BPSU) pledged overwhelming support to Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. and his measure reforming the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK).
The pledge of support was made in an impromptu “oath” during the dialogue conducted by Marcos to explain the “Youth Development and Empowerment Act of 2014” held last August 8 at the schools’ main campus gymnasium in Balanga.
The measure seeks to establish enabling mechanisms for meaningful youth participation in nation building, strengthening the SK and creating the municipal, city and provincial youth development.
Talking to the students, Marcos allayed fears that the reforms he is pushing are not enough to eradicate corruption in the youth council.
“Hindi natin mapipigil ‘yan kung talagang gagawin nila. Pero may nakalagay sa ating isinusulong na batas na parusa para sa kanila na mga hindi gagawa ng maganda,” he said.
Under the proposed measure, any erring elected SK official, after due process, may be suspended for not more than six months or removed from office either by a majority vote of all members of the sangguniang panlunsod, which has jurisdiction in the barangay of the concerned SK official.
But Marcos said the most important feature that will mold SK officials into upright public servants is the mandatory continuing training programs aimed not only at giving them skills in public service, but also inculcating in them the values of honesty and integrity.
“For the purpose of emphasizing the role of the youth in nation-building and molding them to become better citizens with the values of patriotism, nationalism and honor as a Filipino, SK officials must undergo the mandatory training program before they can assume office. And during their incumbency, they must continue their training,” he said.
Components of the mandatory training programs include Philippine history, political system, patriotism, ethics and ideology, and accountability and transparency.