The City Council has approved a measure that supports Senate Bill No. 2140 which seeks to provide compensation to Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials.

In a resolution approved Monday, its author Puerto Princesa City SK Federation chair and ex-officio councilor Myka Mabelle Magbanua said the proposed measure entitled “An Act Providing Compensation to Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Officials” is an amendment to Republic Act 10742 or the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015.”

“There is a pending bill ngayon sa Senado ganoon din sa Kongreso [House of Representatives] , actually, na mayroong proposal from our national government from their end, na magkaroon nga ng compensation ang mga SK officials. Alam din naman natin kung ano ‘yong pros and cons kung bakit kailangan na mabigyan natin ng kahit papaano ay compensation itong mga SK officials natin dahil talagang napakalaki ng responsibilidad nila. They are now 18 to 24 [years old]. Most of them would have to sign agreements, resolutions, and other pertinent documents that will lead them to a lot of administrative cases, [at] criminal cases, kung sakaling magkamali sila,” Magbanua said.

She said she has earlier filed a separate ordinance but it has not been approved by the City Council pending the resolution of legal issues.

The bill, she said will prevent the corruption of SK officials because “they will not be tempted to look for other illegal sources for their compensation as officials.”

“Ayaw natin silang matuksong gawin ‘yon because of non-compensation. Kailangan ginagawa [na] natin ‘to across the country. Marami nang siyudad, munisipalidad, probinsya ‘yong nakapaag-enact [na] ng ganitong mga ordinansa kaya talagang nagpu-pursige tayo to call our local government. Of course, ang ating national government [din], to enact nga ng compensation para sa ating SK officials,” she said.

Magbanua said there are 660 SK officials in Puerto Princesa City which include chairpersons, secretaries, and treasurers.

Under her proposed ordinance, Magbanua proposed a P3,000 monthly compensation for all SK officials.

However, she clarified that her resolution excludes SK chairpersons since they are already receiving compensations from the barangay they are serving.

“Medyo malaki [ang P3,0000], pero we’ll see kung ano ang magiging rekomendasyon ng City Budget Office (CBO) natin, and ‘yong Committee on Finance natin,” she said.

Magbanua said that youth officials had told her that they are even willing to accept smaller compensation.