What Is the Abolition of Sangguniang Kabataan?

The abolition of Sangguniang Kabataan is a political movement in the Congress of the Philippines that seeks to prevent members of the Sangguniang Kabataan youth council from holding positions of government, explains Inquirer.net. In September of 2013, the Congress of the Philippines passed a bill that left all Sangguniang Kabataan positions vacant and prevented a re-election until a further date.

The Sangguniang Kabataan youth council has been criticized for breeding a political dynasty and exposing youth to corruption in politics. Due to these accusations, all Sangguniang Kabataan officials were required to step down from their positions. The Philippine Internal Revenue Allotment agency was tasked with diverting the funds originally designed for the Sangguniang Kabataan towards youth development programs. These funds amount to 10 percent of the total allotment. The new youth development programs are regulated by the Commission on Elections, as well as the Department of the Interior and Local Government. The bill enacting these changes also specifies that no vacant positions may be filled by appointed officials.

Concerns and criticisms of the Sangguniang Kabataan came about in April 2010, when the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation President was charged with hiding financial records and making a show of her personal affluence.