An official of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Region 7 calls on the youth to register for the reformed Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and barangay elections despite Malacañang’s move to defer it until 2020.
During the regular ‘Kapihan sa PIA’ held in Capitol last week, Comelec Region 7 assistant director Veronico Petalcorin encourages the youth to register for the upcoming local elections supposedly scheduled this October.
Barely two weeks before the scheduled elections in October 18, 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a bill postponing the elections.
In March this year, Duterte expressed that he wanted to postpone anew the said elections until the year 2020, adding that barangay officials whose terms are expiring will be replaced with his own appointees.
Considered as the smallest local government unit, there are 42,028 barangays throughout the Philippines.
Petalcorin explained that Cebu has a huge chunk of voters with 1,017,270 of the estimated total of 1.3M registered voters. Fifty (50) percent of the registered voters are youth, he said.
With the brewing delay, Petalcorin is optimistic that there will be more registrants until the last day of registration.
Legislators should push for the SK elections as it will help them gain the trust of the next generation, Petalcorin said.
Comelec sets the deadline for registration on April 29.
Meanwhile, the Cebu Provincial Youth Commission (PYC) is also encouraging the youth sector to take part in the SK registration.
PYC Chairperson Charlton James Canoy said pushing for the SK election is important as it will spur youth-oriented programs for the countryside.
“Kay kon walay batan-on nga mag apil-apil, walay mga programa para sa mga batan-on nga mudagayday pod ngadto sa mga kabarangayan,” Canoy said.
He added that aside from the current administration’s existing programs for the young, the program conceptualization will have a different effect when it comes from the youth themselves.
During the Provincial Consultative and Coordinative Meeting held last March, PYC conducted mapping activities in Cebu province for youth profiling and coordination.
The activity, Canoy explained, will help the Cebu Provincial Government prepare relevant steps towards building youth-oriented agenda and activities. (Korinna Lucero)