SK elections postponed

Posted on October 04, 2013 10:05:31 PM | BREAKING NEWS

PRESIDENT Benigno S. C. Aquino III has signed into law the measure postponing the village youth elections scheduled on Oct. 28, a Palace official said.

In a press briefing on Friday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail F. Valte said the President signed on Oct. 3 "An Act to Postpone the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Elections on October 28, 2013 Amending for the Purpose Republic Act 9340 and for other Purposes."

The new law reschedules the village elections for the youth between Oct. 28, 2014 and Feb. 23, 2015 in order to introduce reforms in the system. The measure was ratified by the Congress last week.

The Synchronized Barangay and SK Elections is scheduled on Oct. 28 where 42,027 barangays will elect one captain and seven councilors.

The Sangguniang Barangay (Barangay Council) shall use the 10% fund allocated for the SK in the barangay budget for youth development programs, according to the SK postponement law.

The positions of SK officials will be vacant after the expiration of the term of incumbent officials on Nov. 30, 2013.

SK is considered the local youth legislature in the village and therefore leads the local youth program and projects of the government. It is an off-shoot of the KB or the Kabataang Barangay (Village Youth) which was abolished when the Local Government Code of 1991 was enacted.

The Palace on Tuesday declared Oct. 28 as a special non-working holiday to allow the public to vote in the upcoming village elections.

Mr. Aquino has directed law enforcement agencies to coordinate and cooperate with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) "in ensuring free, orderly, honest, peaceful, and credible" village elections.

The President has concurred with a Comelec resolution "deputizing" the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police to assist the poll body in the elections. -- Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza