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MANILA (Mabuhay) – Even as the fate of the Sangguniang Kabataan is yet to be decided pending proposals for its abolition or reform, a lawmaker called for the creation of a Local Youth Development Council (LYDC) in municipalities, cities and provinces.

“These youth councils should be responsible for the formulation of policies and implementation of youth development programs, projects and activities in their respective areas of jurisdiction in coordination with various government and non-government organizations,” said Rep. Anthony Del Rosario (1st Dist., Davao del Norte), author of House Bill No. 3203.

The Davao lawmaker said the youth councils would provide an alternative that will strengthen the role of the youth in providing a more democratic and popular basis for legislation and/or other governmental and non-governmental endeavors affecting them.

“By providing them with a mechanism for participation and involvement in public and civic affairs, we will be giving them an opportunity not only to prove their worth in the community but also to help them believe in their capacity to help the country,” Del Rosario pointed out.

Likewise, he said that the proposed law seeks to encourage the spirit of volunteerism among the country’s youth and make them active and dependable partners in nation building.

“The youth’s involvement in addressing the issues that concern them has an impact on the future of the country, hence active involvement and participation of the young leaders today is vital and needed,” he stressed.

The Council shall formulate and adopt a five-year municipal/provincial/city youth development plan which shall be duly supported by an ordinance enacted by the Sangguniang Panlunsod, Pambayan or Panlalawigan.

Youth development programs include scholarship and exchange programs, sports and recreation, livelihood development, training and capability-building, youth cooperatives and culture and arts.

Youth development services include information resource services such as internet, email, websites and social networks, materials and information on job opportunities, scholarships, training, local and international linkages and networking, and all laws, executive orders, including youth-related measures filed in Congress.  (MNS)