Pres. Aquino signs law on Sangguniang Kabataan reforms

  • Republic Act No. 10742 or Sanggunian Kabataan Reform Act of 2015 was recently signed by Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III
  • The SK reform law seeks to strengthen and empower the youth sector 
  • The new law has anti-dynasty provision

Malacañang has confirmed that President Benigno Aquino III has signed the Sanggunian Kabataan Reform Act of 2015 or Republic Act No. 10742 into law.

The confirmation was made by Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma as he further stated that Aquino approved the measure last January 16, as disclosed in an article published by Philippine Daily Inquirer.

The SK reform law seeks to strengthen and empower the SK and transform it into a useful conduit for youth involvement in community development,” Coloma was quoted in the report.

The new law states that relatives of elected or appointed officials up to the 2nd civil degree of consanguinity or affinity are prohibited from seeking SK posts.

Aside from its anti-dynasty provision, the new law likewise adjusts age limit of SK officials from 15-17 to 18-24 years old, which make them legally capable of entering into contracts and be held accountable and liable for their actions.

In addition to this, Sangguniang Kabataan officials are now required to undergo leadership training programs to expose them to the best practices in governance and guide their development as leaders.

Likewise, the new law mandates the creation of the Local Youth Development Council (LYDC); a council that will support the SK and ensure the participation of more youth through youth organizations.

Composition of LYDC include representatives from the different youth organizations in the community – student councils, church and youth faith groups, youth-serving organizations, and community-based youth groups.

Sen. Bam Aquino, former chair of the National Youth Commission and youngest senator of the 16th Congress, earlier said the LYDC aims to harmonize, broaden and strengthen all programs and initiatives of the local government and non-governmental organizations for the youth sector.

The Senator disclosed that with the enactment of the SK Reform Act into law, a future with a larger, more diverse, and more capable set of public servants in the Sangguniang Kabataan is expected.