By Genalyn Kabiling
The National Youth Commission (NYC) has called on the Filipino youth to show they are “not trolls” and participate in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections next month.
NYC Commissioner Ronald Cardema said the youth should consider running for SK posts and be partners of government in building better and stronger communities amid concerns about the low turnout of SK candidates.
“I humbly call on the Filipino youth who support our government and who support our President to file your Certificate of Candidacies, become the elected leaders of your community,” he said during a Palace press briefing.
“Show to our countrymen and to our President’s critics that you proudly support our government and our President, that you are not trolls – but genuine, young, patriotic Filipinos who are supportive of our government and of our government troops,” said Cardema, also officer-in-charge of the NYC.
Of the 350,000 SK positions up for grabs, Cardema said only 79,000 young persons have filed their certificates of candidacies. Interested candidates have until Friday, April 20, to file their COCs for the SK polls.
Cardema noted that SK candidates must not be relatives of incumbent elected national, regional, provincial, city, municipal and barangay officials. They must also undergo the required SK mandatory training, he added.
He said the SK youth leaders could be “direct partners of President Rodrigo Duterte in changing your barangay, in securing your community and in uplifting our entire Philippine Republic.”
“President Duterte is doing his reforms, securing and uplifting our country for our youthful generation, for us to have a better and stronger country…We call on the Filipino youth now, our President needs our help. Become the youth leaders of your communities. File your SK COCs now,” he said.
“Go now and file as young patriotic custodians of your communities and as incoming advocates to eradicate drugs, criminality, corruption and terrorism in your barangay,” he added.