‘With more benefits come more responsibility’: House leader urges SK to lead anti-gambling drive

Billy Begas

House Deputy Speaker and reelected Manila Rep. Bienvenido Abante Jr. on Wednesday called on Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials to lead the fight against gambling and other vices in their communities.

Abante said the newly enacted law (Republic Act 11768) providing more benefits to SKs will allow them to focus more on their duties as leaders in their communities.

“More should be done to warn our youth about the dangers of vices such as gambling, which is slowly creeping into their lives via the devices they hold in their hands every day: their smartphones,” Abante said.

Even with e-sabong currently disallowed, Abante stressed that other forms of online gambling, such as card games, remain accessible to those who can access the internet.

“Our SK leaders can organize information drives to warn parents and youth in our communities, as well as think of productive outlets for the boundless energy of our younger kababayan. With the benefits now given to them by RA 11768, they should be able to do much more,” he added.

Under RA 11768 SK officials will be provided with monthly honoraria. The amount needed will be taken from the SK’s funds.

Local government units can also provide additional pay and social welfare contributions and hazard allowance to SK officials, who are also entitled to civil service eligibility.

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