- Posted October 25, 2010 by
San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
This iReport is part of an assignment:
TELLING SOMETHING ABOUT THE BARANGAY AND SK ELECTIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES
My name is Rummel Pinera. I will just explain some facts about the holding of Barangay and SK elections here in the Philippines..Barangay and SK elections in the Philippines is all about electing members of the ward's official council and its youth congress. Every ward in the Philippines has an official council that is composed of one council-chairperson an 7 other councillors who will act as some kind of a legislative unit for development projects within the community.
The Sangguniang Kabataan (assembly of young people) or SK acts as the youth congress for every ward Each youth congress in every ward has one "chairperson." The chairperson for each youth congress is directly-elected by the 'young voters' whose ages range from 15-18 years of age. However, those who are allowed to run for the ward's youth council may belong from the 15-21 years-old age bracket. Those who are above 18 years of age in the Philippines can't vote for the youth council of the ward.
The Barangay and SK elections in the country is actually non-partisan, since national political parties aren't allowed to field their respective candidates for the ward's 2 councils.
The Philippines is the only country in the world that has a mechanism of involving the youth sector in governance. This is in response to the United Nations’ Convention on the rights of young people to create an avenue wherein they can engage and represent their sector towards active participation in the affairs of the government and in the country as a whole.