FEATURE: Barangay Bata SK Tackles Their Constitutional Mandate in a Summit
It was "wrestling with issues" and learning to fit their youthful perspectives into the rigors offered by the adult world. If there is oneforceful justification in favor of the continued existence of the almost threatened Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) – is its endowment of resources to implement an education program such as this SK Summit.
The participants in attendance representing all youth sectors of Barangay Bata.* (H. James G. Toga/NDB)
Joining them during the preparation stages, it is observable that the young of Barangay Bata were very submissive, patiently learning the ropes of negotiation, compromise and trade off. Towards the climax, Barangay Bata Sangguniang Kabataan (Bata SK) young chairman Rainner Von Maungca organized last May 17, 18 and 19 the very first Youth Summit in the history of Barangay Bata.
Around 80 participants attended representing all youth sectors of the Barangay. They could gather more including various SK chairmen from other Barangays willing to learn the basics of summitry but budget constraints slowed them from doing so. The number was good, though, considering that Von Maungca is a college freshman. He tackled the difficulty of collaboration and coordination until all Barangay Bata youth sectors were represented at least using a sound statistical random counting, namely, the Bata National High School Supreme Student Government, purok representatives, church, out of school youths and the Bata SK council.
Von Maungca aptly called the character of the first Bata SK Summit, a "wrestling of issues" as well. Like wrestlers, resource speakers used various methods of teaching, reaching the youngest participant and emphasizing that the Bata Youth Sector must "never let go", their focus and determination must be centered on their Constitutional mandate to develop themselves in the areas of "critical thinking, social responsibility and effective communication".
The 80 participants were fortunate to have an education oriented SK chairman Von Maungca, the "wrestler" in him radiated in the summit for his fellow youth to be "Constitution centered, others oriented and intellectually inclined speakers" of their mandate.
"The wrestling did not stop at the summit. Real hard work begins as the summit in the serene Don Bosco Retreat House in Barangay Granada adjourned," he explained.
"Series of meetings will follow to build working relationship initially with purok youth leaders, a.k.a. Katipunan ng Kabataan. The same collaborative and coordinative efforts will be spent to harness the potentials of our so-called Katipunan," Von Maungca added.
The young Bata SK chairman knew exactly what is next, he said, "It is going to be an education program on suffrage in coordination with the Akbayan Youth. We plan to hold a caravan to heighten awareness. The adults need education in suffrage as well."*