Youths constitute 30% of voters
By Rose B. Palacio
Davao City (20 April) -- Up to 30 percent of voters in the forthcoming May 14 elections will come from the youth sector, according to the second issue of the State of the Philippine Population Report (SPPR).
Commission on Population (Popcom) XI Director Maduh Damsani said parents and elders should prepare the youths to make good choices.
Director Damsani said youths usually reflect the predispositions, action and values of their elders and they will value education, be productive, responsible and disciplined.
Damsani said that Republic Act 8044, or the Youth in Nation-building, puts youth issues high on its agenda and calls for an environment conducive to youth empowerment and youth service.
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), created in 1990, serves as the youth arm of local governments units with its 840,000 members spread across some 42,000 barangays.
Through the SK, young people between the ages of 15 and 21 can directly participate at all levels of governance: either in the barangays, towns, provinces and Congress.
RA 8044 contains a provision for the National Youth Parliament, through which 100 young educated representatives can lobby Congress on youth issues.
The SPPR 2nd issue also reported that there are seven dependents for every 10 working age persons with ages from 15 to 64.
But due to inability of government and the private sector to create jobs for the young adults (20-24 old) and adolescents (15-19), the real dependency ratio of the youth is 11 dependents for every six working persons, the SPPR reported. (PIA-XI) [top]