01 July 2021 – City officials enjoined all youth organizations and youth-serving organizations in the city to register with the newly established City Youth Development office under the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CYDO-CSWDO) for recording and coordination purposes in compliance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 10742 otherwise known as the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015 and its implementing rules and regulations.

Under Resolution No. 314, series of 2021 signed by Mayor Benjamin B. Magalong, local legislators stated that there is a need for the local government to have a reliable database of the various youth organizations and youth-serving organizations in the city to have a better monitoring, guidance and coordination with the said groups in the future.

The council pointed out that more importantly, it is necessary to enable them to fully participate and be involved in the youth programs, projects and activities of the local government.

The council stipulated that there are various youth organizations existing in the city which are not yet registered or affiliated with the City Youth Development Council which are actively engaging as partners and convenors of civic activities which contribute to the overall growth and development of the city.

The 1987 Philippine Constitution stipulates that the State recognizes its responsibility to enable the youth to fulfill their vital role in nation building and thus, promotes and protects their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual and social wellbeing, inculcates in them patriotism, nationalism and other desirable values, and encourages their involvement in public and civic affairs.

RA 10741, otherwise known as the SK Reform Act, defined youth organization as referring to those organizations whose membership or composition are the youth, while the youth-serving organizations shall refer to those registered organizations whose principal programs, projects, and activities are youth-oriented and youth-related.

Section 23 of the same law provided for the creation and composition of the Local Youth Development Council in every local government unit to ensure wide multi-sectoral youth participation in local governance.

Moreover, there shall be in every province, city and municipality a Local Youth Development Council (LYDC) which shall be called, provincial youth development council, city youth development council and municipal youth development council, respectively.

The LYDC shall be composed of representatives of youth and youth-serving organizations in the provincial, city and municipal level. The LYDC shall assist the planning and execution of projects and programs of the Sangguniang Kabataan and all Liga ng mga Barangay groups around the city.

The further outlines the guidelines in the registration of youth organizations and youth-serving groups to the City Youth Development Office where the same groups with a minimum of 10 members in good standing and which are operating in the concerned province, city and municipality shall be registered

On the other hand, those from the province or highly urbanized cities shall register with the provincial office or the designated office in the City Youth Development Office. By Dexter A. See