Monday, May 21, 2012

House Body to Review Process & Implementation of Youth Parliament

20 May 2012 08:32:07 AM
By Jazmin S. Camero, MRS-PRIB

A lawmaker has called for an investigation into the questionable process of selecting the members of the National Youth Parliament (NYP), a program of the National Youth Commission (NYC).

"Suspicions about the intentional or unintentional failure of the NYC to implement the original mandate of the NYP have discouraged many young people from participating in the program in the past years," Rep. Raymond Palatino (Party-list, Kabataan) said.

Palatino filed House Resolution 2370 urging the House Committee on Youth and Sports to review the process of selection and implementation of the NYP.

"It has been observed that such provisions of the law, the selection process and implementation of the program have not been dutifully observed by the NYC in the past decade," Palatino said.

Palatino said the NYP was envisioned to be a major development program and the mandate of the NYC is to provide an effective feedback mechanism to various government institutions and an avenue for the youth to participate in governance.

Palatino said the Republic Act 8044 or the Youth in Nation-Building Act mandates the NYC to convene a Parliament of Youth Leaders every two years.

"The same mandate requires the NYC to ensure the equal geographical representation of the youth sector in the country. Equal representation of men and women in every city, province and region, ensuring representatives from various sectors, including but not limited to, in-school youth, out of school youth, working youth, and youth with special needs and the Sangguniang Kabataan," Palatino said.

Palatino said the democratic and transparent selection of delegates is necessary to preserve the integrity and prestige of the NYP as a major political gathering of the country's most active youth leaders who are given the task of formulating concrete legislative and policy recommendations to the government.

"The diverse representation of the NYP can positively influence the output of the program by reflecting the various aspirations and creative ideas of young people," Palatino said.

"A probe on the implementation of the NYP can help members of Congress to determine if an amendment of the law which created NYC can boost youth participation in governance," Palatino said. 

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