Sangguniang Kabataan Essay

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ON THE ABOLITION OR RETENTION OF SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION A. Background of the Study Society is a huge colony being run, dominated, and controlled by adults. Yet statistics show that society is largely comprised of young people – people who belong to the age bracket 18 and below. As such, it can be seen that society backs on the youth for the continuance of its existence in the future. Therefore, there is a need to train the future leaders of society. The Philippine government recognized this need through the establishment of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) which it placed under the jurisdiction of the Barangay. The SK therefore is a government comprised of and made for the youth – and “with good guidance and serious respectful attention by people in authority,…can provide a much needed force for the reform of the Philippines (sic) society.”(Buluran, del Mundo, & Victoriano, 1997). But what becomes of the SK system when it starts to become an obsolete system of the Philippine government? What happens to the system when elections could no longer be done in time due to lack of public funds? Should it therefore be abolished so as to save the government from using its funds for futile causes and have it allocated to more useful projects which would benefit not just the youth but the country in general? According to Creencia (2000), “it was a good sign for the PSK (Pederasyon ng Sangguniang Kabataan) to continue to perform their task as the representative of the youth sector.” (p.36) But this research was done in 2000 and what is true in 2000 can never be taken to be the same at present. Eight years could do so much even to a government sector as small as the SK especially given the fact that the National Government in general is under continuous instability. Therefore the question on the abolition of the
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