City Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) president Myka Magbanua took her oath of office Monday as ex-oficio member of the City Council, vowing to reform the image of the SK.
In a speech following her oath, Magbanua took exception to what she said were unfair criticisms that the SK has served as a “breeding ground for corruption” among youth leaders and that they only focus on concerns like beauty pageants and sporting events.
“Sobrang dami ng kritisismo. Bagama’t ngayon after ng SK Reform Act, itinuturing natin na ang batch ng SK ngayon ay new and reformed SK,” she said.
Magbanua vowed to push and support measures in the city legislature that will be “relevant when it comes to local governance and nation-building.”
Magbanua will chair the chamber’s youth and sports development committee and is a member of various committees involving the youth.
She vowed to help “establish adequate, effective and enabling mechanisms and support systems that shall empower the youth.”
She added she will make the SK an inclusive youth organization aimed at honing the talents and skills of young people the City.
“Makikita natin na sobrang dami ng suliranin lalo na sa mga kabataan. Sunud-sunod ‘yong mga balita na napapasama ‘yong mga kabataan natin sa mga gulo, at mukhang nagiging problema na rin ‘yon sa Puerto Princesa,” she said.
Magbanua added that the City SK will have programs and activities that gear towards the promotion of the City’s tourism industry.
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