DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Ano said this would give the youth a chance to implement their own reforms and development in their communities.
The SK Reform Act raised the age requirement of SK officials from 15-17 years old to 18-24 years old for the young public administrators to legally enter into contracts and be held liable for any violation of the law.
It also mandates the DILG and the National Youth Commission (NYC) to jointly design and implement the mandatory and continuing training programs for SK officials.
This includes capability building on leadership, program and project development and sustainability, financial management, and accountability and transparency.
The filing of certificates of candidacy for the Barangay and SK elections is set on April 14-20.
Ano said holding the Barangay and SK elections are "very important for the nation," as this would finally implement the SK Reform Act "under a new set of youth leadership."
Among the progressive provisions of the SK Reform Act is its anti-dynasty provision, the first in Philippine history.
The SK Reform Act says an SK candidate "must not be related within the second civil degree of consanguinity or affinity to any incumbent elected national official or to any incumbent elected regional, provincial, city, municipal, or barangay official, in the locality where he or she seeks to be elected." [PNA]