December 8, 2022

Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales is enjoining all youth organizations and youth-serving organizations in the city to register with the City Youth Development Office-City Social Welfare and Development Office (CYDO) for recording and coordination purposes.

This is in compliance with Republic Act 10742 or the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015.

Orcales said there are various youth organizations in the city that are not yet registered or affiliated with the CYDO, although they are actively engaging as partners and conveners of civic activities, which contribute to the city’s development.

The city government of Baguio has convened the CYDO and the Local Youth Development Council (LYDC) on Oct. 3, 2018.

The LYDC, a multi-sectoral youth association headed by the SK Federation president, was reconstituted on Oct. 30, 2020 by virtue of Executive Order 165, s. 2020. The EO identified youth organizations and youth-serving organizations as members of the city’s LYDC, pursuant to RA 10742 or the SK Reform Act of 2015.

The EO has recognized 14 members out of the 21 maximum allowed members as provided by RA 10742.

Orcales said there is a need for these organizations to be registered with the CYDO so they will be recognized and will be eligible to be represented in the LYDC.

He added a database for youth organizations is necessary to have a better monitoring, guidance, and coordination with them for their involvement in programs, projects, and activities for the youth.

According to RA 10742, “youth organizations” are those whose membership/composition are the youth, while “youth-serving organizations” refer to those registered organizations whose principal programs, projects, and activities are youth-oriented and youth-related and whose composition are not limited to the youth.

The youth are persons whose ages range from 15 to 30.

The law provides the organization shall be duly-recognized or accredited either by national or local government entities in charge of enlisting groups. – Jordan G. Habbiling