RA 11768 Law Strengthening the SK Reform Act of 2015

President Rodrigo Duterte signs RA 11768 AN ACT STRENGTHENING THE SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN, INSTITUTIONALIZING ADDITIONAL REFORMS TO REVITALIZE YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN LOCAL GOVERNANCE AND BY PROVIDING HONORARIUM, OTHER BENEFITS, AND PRIVILEGES, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE CERTAIN SECTIONS OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10742, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE “SANGGUNIANG KABATAAN REFORM ACT OF 2015”

RA 11768 will institutionalize additional reforms to empower the SK in fulfilling their mandates as youth public servants, by providing them more benefits and privileges. Under this law, all SK officials will be entitled to a monthly honorarium of not more than 25% of the SK Funds and not more than the pay earned by the SK Chairperson.

Here are the salient features of the law:

1. Mandates the formulation, approval of internal rules and procedures, and appointment of Secretary and Treasurer within 60 days from the assumption of Office.

2. Expands eligibility for Sangguniang Kabataan Treasurer and Secretary to ages 18-30.

3. Requires SK Treasurer to undergo bookkeeping training; prioritizes them in the allocation of TESDA scholarships.

4. Exempts the SK from taking any of the components of the National Service Training Program.

5. Provides a monthly honorarium chargeable against the SK funds; monthly honorarium cannot exceed the monthly compensation received by the SK Chair; not more than 25% of SK funds can be allocated for personnel services.

6. Allows LGU to provide an additional honorarium, social welfare contributions, and hazard pay to SK through local ordinances.

7. Grants appropriate civil service eligibility based on years of service.

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8. Specifies Philippine Youth Development Plan thrusts which include health, education, environment, human rights, gender equality, and economic empowerment.

9. Allows SK to set aside an amount (not more than 15% of SK Fund) for mandatory and continuing training of SK to complement the Training Fund in the SK Reform law.

9. Enumerates duties and functions of the ‘Pederasyon ng SK’ ensuring the implementation of the Local Youth Development Plan.

10. Mandates the representation of SK (One from each: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) in the National Youth Commission Advisory Council through an election among SK Federation Presidents.

11. Mandates the appointment of a Local Youth Development Officer.

12. Allows appropriation of not less than 1% of LGU budget for Local Youth Development Office.

13. Provides coordination among DepEd, CHEd, and TESDA for relevant courses to enhance the knowledge, network, and capacity of SK officials and LYDC members to craft and implement youth development plans, among other key provisions.

14. Provisions for Student stipends, book, education, transportation allowance, Cash-For-Work program, On-The-Job Training, and Livelihood Assistance.

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