HomeIAMURE International Journal of Social Sciencesvol. 9 no. 1 (2014)

Age as Determinant of Performancein Local Governance and CommunityDevelopment of the SangguniangKabataan(Youth Organization)

Jean S. Dumbrique

Discipline: Social Science



Participation of stakeholders is the key element of good governance. Provided with direct participation through the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), the youth areempowered in various government structures at the local level. The study lookedinto the performance in local governance and community development of the SK of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur as affected by some personal and social factors.It utilized the evaluative and correlational research designs of the descriptivemethod of research. Findings revealed that the SK of Vigan City were similarly evaluated to have a high or very satisfactory level of performance by themselves,their members, and by their Punong Barangay in all the roles and responsibilitiesthat impact local governance and community development. Thus, in Vigan, the youth are treated not only as beneficiaries but as partners of the city governmentin molding a better community. With youth empowerment as its continuing program and priority, Vigan has earned the reputation as the Most Child-FriendlyCity Component of the Philippines from 2009 to 2011 and now elevated tothe Hall of Fame. Age came out as good determinant of SK performance alongadministrative function, legislative function and on over-all SK performance inlocal governance and community development.