SK budget not 'discretionary' - Belmonte
MANILA - House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte assured that the budget for the operation of the Sangguniang Kabataan won't become a discretionary fund.
Each SK unit is entitled to 10% of the internal revenue allotments of the various barangays.
Belmonte said they will ask the Executive to draft rules that will ensure that the budget of the SK will be used only on projects that will benefit the youth.
"The most important thing is, they don't become anybody’s discretionary fund. [The funds will] go to the same purposes for which the SK was established ...projects benefiting the youth, not just sports but schools, scholarships, activities that will benefit the youth."
On Monday night, the lower House approved on third reading a bill suspending the SK elections this year. The lower House’s version does not prescribe a holdover provision. It also doesn't want the appointment of OICs.
Belmonte is open to the idea of increasing the age limit for those who can run under the SK. He is referring to "people with more experience to be involved in youth affairs, not just 15- to 16-year-old youths."
The report that will be issued by the bicameral conference committee is expected back in both chambers for the plenary ratifications within the week.
The SK election was originally meant to coincide with the barangay elections on the 4th Monday of October.