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The Constitution of

KATROPA
Kabataang Tagapagtaguyod ng Repormang Pampamayanan

SARIAYA
PREAMBLE
Aver our adherence and commitment to the principles of sustainable development, we, the Kabataang Tagapagtaguyod ng Repormang Pampamayanan ng Sariaya, imploring the aid of our Almighty God, declare our resolve to steadfastly advance the economic, social and cultural needs, ideals and goals of Quezon youth and the people, protect the environment and foster solidarity among the other sectors of society; we hereby promulgate and bind ourselves to this Constitution.

Article I
Name and Headquarters
Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Kabataang Tagapagtaguyod ng Repormang Pampamayanan ng Sariaya or KATROPA - Sariaya. Section 2. The Municipal Headquarters shall be located in Sariaya, Quezon.

ARTICLE II
Declaration of Principles
Section 1. KATROPA - Sariaya is a municipal, comprehensive and independent youth organization committed for the advancement of the economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and welfare of the youth and the people. Section 2. KATROPA Sariaya adheres to the principle of sustainable development to reduce poverty, empower communities, promote cultural diversity and protect the environment. Section 3. KATROPA Sariaya believes that the youth has the social responsibility to educate, organize and mobilize the broadest number of youth.

ARTICLE III
Declaration of Objective
Section 1. KATROPA Sariaya shall advance the economic, social, cultural and environmental rights and welfare of the youth and the people, in general. Section 2. In particular, KATROPA Sariaya shall strive: a. To improve the living conditions of young people and their families by generating decent jobs, education opportunities and access to health and other social services.

b. To ensure food security for urban poor and rural communities where large number of young people are living. c. To promote sustainable agriculture and social enterprise to fight poverty and climate change. d. To strengthen the local democratic youth participation.

Article IV
Membership and Qualification
Section 1. Any bonafide resident of Sariaya, age 17 35 years old, who subscribe to the objectives, principles and programs of KATROPA Sariaya, and is willing to be a member, submit to organizational discipline, shall be eligible for membership therein. Section 2. Those individuals who expressed their willingness to join KATROPA Sariaya must: a. Take the KATROPA Sariaya Basic Orientation Seminar; b. Know the KATROPA Sariaya Constitution and the chapters by-laws; c. Be organized in a chapter and participate actively in its activities.

ARTICLE V
Rights and Privileges
Section 1. Every member of the KATROPA Sariaya shall have the following rights and privileges: a. To participate freely and fully in all meetings of the chapter to which he/she belongs; b. To be informed fully of the reason for policies, programs, projects and actions adapted by the chapter and all other leading bodies of the organization; c. To propose changes on the stated agenda of meetings and assembly; d. To elect and be elected into office; e. To vote in approval and adoption of resolutions, programs, policies of the chapter; f. To have any dissenting vote and their reason thereof recorded; g. To present suggestions, comments and criticisms to any unit or committee of the KATROPA - Sariaya; h. To appeal any decision to the higher bodies of the organization; and i. To resign his/her membership.

ARTICLE VI
Duties and Responsibilities
Section 1. Every member of the KATROPA Sariaya shall have the following duties and responsibilities: a. b. c. d. To uphold and abide by this Constitution and by-laws of the organization; To abide by the policies, decisions and regulations adopted by the organization; To be a member of a chapter and actively participate in any meetings of the chapter; To take active part in the implementation of all programs, projects and actions adapted by the KATROPA Sariaya and its chapters; e. To deepen and enhance the understanding of the principles of the organization for selfdevelopment; f. To pay organizational dues regularly. Section 2. All members of KATROPA Sariaya shall fulfill other duties and tasks delegated to them by leading bodies of the organization.

ARTICLE VII
Organizational Principles and Structure
Section 1. KATROPA Sariaya shall be guided by the following organizational principle: a. All decisions shall be arrived at after collective discussions after the decision shall be implemented without hesitation. b. Leading bodies shall study reports, news, information and communications from lower bodies and individual members. c. Lower bodies shall submit regular reports to leading bodies and shall refer issues which require decisions of the next higher bodies and seek guidance from the latter. d. All units, committees and individuals of KATROPA Sariaya shall strictly implement the principle of collective leadership and decision making. Section 3.The organizational structure and corresponding bodies of KATROPA Sariaya are: a. In the municipal level, the leading body is the Municipal Congress and in between Congress, the Municipal Council, and in between Municipal Council meetings, Municipal Executive Committee. b. In the Chapter level, the leading body is the Chapter General Assembly, and in between the Chapter Assemblies, the Chapter Executive Committee.

ARTICLE VIII
The Municipal Congress
Section 1. Municipal Congress shall be the highest policy making body of the organization and shall be composed of all members of the KATROPA Sariaya. Section 2. The Municipal Congress shall be convened once a year, to elect the municipal officers, adopt municipal policies, approve a budget, a program of action and projects that should be implemented, and to act upon such other organizational matters as may be forwarded to it. In cases of extreme difficulties, the Municipal Council can decide to postpone the Congress and convene it within six months. Section 3. The Municipal Congress may be convened in a special session anytime upon the decision of the Municipal Council. Section 4. The rules of the Municipal Congress shall be defined by the Municipal Council preceding it.

ARTICLE IX
The Municipal Council
Section 1. The Municipal Council shall be the second highest policy making body of the KATROPA - Sariaya. It shall be the highest governing body of the organization when the Municipal Congress is not in session. Section 2. The Municipal Council shall be composed of representatives from clustered barangays and the members of the Municipal Executive Committee. Section 3. Members of the Municipal Council shall be selected by chapters with the approval of the Municipal Congress. Section 4. New members can sit upon the recommendation of the respective chapter and confirmation of the Municipal Council in session. Section 6. The Municipal Council shall meet at least four times a year, at a place decided by the Municipal

Executive Committee, to formulate programs, assess the activities and performance of the organization and adjust policies and measure as may be deemed necessary. Section 7. The Municipal Executive Committee may, in urgent cases, call for an emergency meeting of the Municipal Council, provided however, that the members shall be given a written notice at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting. Section 8. A simple majority of the members (50% +1) of the Municipal Council shall constitute a quorum to conduct business.

ARTICLE X
The Municipal Executive Committee
Section 1. The Municipal Executive Committee shall be the regular municipal leading body of the KATROPA Sariaya. It shall ensure the implementation of the programs of action and policies adopted by the Municipal Council and submit resolutions, plans and policies in accordance with and in pursuit of the same. Section 2. The Municipal Executive Committee shall be composed of the following officers: Municipal Chairperson, Municipal Vice-Chairperson, Municipal Secretary- General, Municipal Deputy Secretary-General, Municipal Finance Officer, Municipal Education Officer, Municipal Cultural Officer, Municipal Community Service Officer and External Liaison Ocer. The first three shall be elected at large by the Congress while the rest shall be appointed by the former with the concurrence of the Municipal Council. Section 3. The Municipal Executive Committee shall have the following powers, duties and functions; a. To formulate the by-laws that shall govern the administration of the organization; b. To draw up a 2-year general program of action for approval by the Municipal Congress, and other technical programs for approval of the Municipal Council; c. To facilitate the creation of chapters. d. To supervise and coordinate the programs of all chapters; e. To call for a special municipal elections when necessary; f. To ensure the regular publication of the official publication which will be released quarterly; g. To represent the municipal organization in all sectoral, multisectoral and external activities wherein the ocers representation is needed; h. To define and take responsibility in all areas of the organizations municipal work; i. To create special municipal committees, and to appoint the ocers and their members as it may deem necessary to fulfill the goals of the organization; j. To prepare and submit the annual budget for the approval of the Municipal Council. Section 4. The Municipal Executive Committee shall be the Editorial Board of the official publication. Section 5. The Municipal Executive Committee shall hold meetings once a month, or as often as it be deemed necessary by its members.

ARTICLE XI
Powers, Duties and Functions of the Municipal Officers
Section 1. The Municipal Chairperson shall have the following powers, duties and functions: a. To oversee the enforcement of this Constitution, by-laws of the organization, other rules, regulations and policies which may be promulgated from time-to-time; b. To preside over the meetings of the Municipal Executive Committee, and the Municipal Council and the session of the Municipal Congress; c. To represent the organization in all official external activities;

d. To call on any Municipal committee to meet, and in the absence of the committee chairman, to preside over the same; e. To vote in case of a tie in procedural matters; and f. To perform such other duties and functions as may be delegated by the Municipal Congress and Municipal Council. Section 2. The Municipal Vice-Chairperson shall have the following powers, duties and functions: a. To act as the over-all supervisor and coordinator of all the municipal standing committees; b. To head the Municipal Public Information Committee; c. To assume the office of the Municipal Chairperson in case of the latters death, incapacity, removal, resignation or absence; d. To perform such other duties and functions as may be delegated to him/her by the Municipal Congress and the Municipal Council. Section 3. The Municipal Secretary General shall have the following powers, duties and functions: a. To make annual reports of the activities, plans and accomplishments of the organization, as certified by the Municipal Chairperson, to the Municipal Congress; b. To maintain and preserve the minutes of all the Municipal Congress, committee meetings, the reports of all the Municipal Chairperson, the records of all members and other papers relating to the various activities of the organization; c. To oversee the activities of all chapters, maintain regular correspondence with them and to report all developments to the Municipal Executive Committee; d. To be the Chairperson of the Municipal Secretariat; e. To perform such other duties and functions as may be delegated to him/her by the Municipal Congress and the Municipal Council. Section 4. The Municipal Deputy Secretary General shall have the following powers, duties and functions: a. To assist the Municipal Secretary General in all of his/her functions; b. To assume the office of the Municipal Secretary General in case of the latters death, incapacity, removal, resignation, or absence; c. To perform each other duties and functions as may be delegated to him/her by the Municipal Congress and the Municipal Council. Section 5. The Municipal Education Officer shall have the following powers, duties and functions: a. To head the Municipal Education and Research Committee; b. To ensure education and training seminars and/or conferences for the membership, including the preparation of study guide, education courses, texts and curricula; c. To organize and keep records of the education and research work of the organization; d. To call and facilitate the education conferences; e. To oversee and maintain the data resource center f. To perform other duties as may be delegated to him/her by the Municipal Congress and the Municipal Council. Section 6. The Municipal Cultural Officer shall have the following powers, duties and functions: a. b. c. d. e. To head the Municipal Cultural Committee; To supervise the cultural-related programs; To organize cultural trainings and workshops; To facilitate cultural activities; To perform other duties as may be delegated to him/her by the Municipal Congress and the Municipal Council.

Section 7. The Municipal Finance Ocer shall have the following powers, duties, and functions: a. To act as the custodian of all properties and funds of the organization and shall be accountable for them; b. To collect all fees and to deposit the same in the bank, and to the credit of the organization; c. To authorize the disbursement of funds and logistics in accordance with the appropriations of the Municipal Council and the Municipal Executive Committee; d. To submit a financial report/statement to the Municipal Congress during its session and to the Municipal Council during its regular meetings; e. To be the Chairperson of the Municipal Finance Committee; f. To perform such other duties and functions as may be delegated to him/her by the Municipal Congress and the Municipal Council. Section 8. The Municipal Liaison Ocer shall have the following powers, duties and functions; a. b. c. d. To act as Chief Liaison Ocer of the organization; To be the Chairperson of the External Aairs Committee; To supervise and coordinate all external - related activities of the organization; and To perform such other duties and functions as maybe delegated to him/her by the Municipal Congress and the Municipal Council.

Section 9. The Public Information Officer shall have the following powers, duties and functions: a. To develop programs on public information of the chapter. b. To organize members with skills in writing and public speaking. c. Write press statement and press releases, wall news, primers and other forms of written communications. d. To lead the meetings and trainings on public information. e. To serve as the head of Public Information Committee. f. To perform such other duties and functions as maybe delegated to him/her by the Municipal Congress and the Municipal Council.

ARTICLE XII
The Municipal Secretariat
Section 1. The Municipal Secretariat shall assist the Municipal Secretary General in execution of the latters functions, in accordance with Article XI, Section 3 of this Constitution. Section 2. The Secretariat shall be composed of the Municipal Secretary General, the Deputy Secretary General, and the coordinators/staff appointed by the Municipal Secretary General. Section 3. The Municipal Secretariat shall supervise and administer the formation of chapter secretariats according to capacity and priority of the MEC. Section 4. The coordinators/sta shall assist the Municipal Secretary General in all his/her functions, particularly in the day to day administration of the organization. Section 5. The Municipal Secretariat shall maintain and preserve journals of the proceedings of the MEC and Municipal Council and the sessions of the Municipal Congress in the Municipal Headquarters of the organization. Section 6. The Municipal Secretariat shall plan and supervise all consolidation and expansion activities of the organization.

Section 7. The Municipal Secretariat shall organize leadership training seminars or conferences for its members and chapters.

ARTICLE XIII
Municipal Standing Committees
Section 1. KATROPA Sariaya shall have the following standing committees in the municipal level: a. b. c. d. e. Finance Committee Education and Research Committee Public Information Committee External Affairs Committee Cultural Committee

Section 2. The Municipal Finance Committee shall have the following functions: a. b. c. d. To serve as the central machinery for the municipal collection of fees and other dues from membership; To plan and undertake fund-raising activities; To preserve all financial records of the organization; To organize finance education and training seminars.

Section 3. The Municipal Education and Research Committee shall have the following functions: a. To organize education and training seminars and/or conference for the members, including the preparation of study guide, education courses, text and curricula; b. To sponsor symposia, fora and other venues for the discussion of vital issues of sectoral and national concerns; c. To gather systematically all relevant data and maintain a data resource center for the use of the membership and other youth, upon request; d. To provide assistance to other youth and students organization, and other sectors on matters concerning education and training programs; e. To call education conferences at all levels. Section 4. The Municipal Cultural Committee shall have the following functions: a. To organize education and training seminars for the members on cultural matters; b. To conduct competitions, plays, concerts, pageants and other cultural events; c. To organize cultural groups like, but not limited to, dance troupe, glee club, bands, theatre and the like; Section 5. The Municipal Public Information Committee shall have the following functions: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. To serve as the news and information center of the organization; To prepare and disseminate ocial press statements and positions of the organization; To undertake preparation for press conferences sponsored by the organization; To serve as liaison ocer between the municipal headquarters and the press; To undertake the production and distribution of the official publication; To prepare and disseminate municipal public information programs for the organization; and To draft the public information plans for the organization.

Section 6. The Municipal External Affairs Committee shall have the following functions: a. To act as the main body of the KATROPA Sariaya to build, maintain and develop relations with other organizations; b. To report regularly to the Municipal Executive Committee regarding the progress of external relations of the organization; c. To ensure the propagation of the organizations lines and views to other entities

ARTICLE XIV
The Chapter
Section 1. The Chapter shall be the basic unit of the organization. At least ten (10) bonafide resident youth of a particular barangay may form a chapter. Section 2. The Chapter shall: a. b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i.
Consciously abide by this Constitution and the By-laws of the organization. Effectively implement the General Program of Action in its locality.

Educate youth and the community about the orientation and programs of KATROPA. Organize more youth for the organization. Assist actively in the establishment of the chapters in other barangays. Mobilize members for the sustainable agriculture and social enterprise projects of KATROPA. Support and actively participate in the community service programs. Gather financial, material and technical support for the chapter and the entire organization. Remit all regular dues and other fees to the higher body.

Section 3. The chapter shall elect from among its members a Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary General, Finance Officer, Liaison Officer, Public Information Officer and Education Officer who shall serve as its officers. Section 4. The chapter officers shall be elected by the Chapter Assembly and will hold a term of one (1) year unless otherwise re-elected, impeached or recalled. Section 5. The committees shall be formed within the chapter. Each committee shall be composed of at least 3 members pursuing the task of the committee in line with the task of the chapter. Section 6. It shall hold Chapter General Assembly four times a year or quarterly.

ARTICLE XV
Election and Organizational Decisions
Section 1. When the Municipal Congress is in session each barangay chapter shall be represented by three (3) voting members. Section 2. All elections shall be held by secret ballot unless the Municipal Congress decides otherwise. Section 3. If there is only one (1) nominee for an elective position, he/she must get at least a confidence vote of 50%+1 of all votes. Section 4. All candidates for Municipal Executive Committee should have at least six (6) months membership in the organization. Section 5. There shall be an electoral board, composed of a chairman and two members who shall be appointed by the outgoing Municipal Executive Committee during the Municipal Congress. Section 6. The Electoral Board shall: a. Oversee the conduct of the election proceedings; b. Receive all certifications of candidacy and nominations, certify the qualification of all candidates, issue an official list of qualified candidates, resolve election complaints and protest and; c. Officially proclaim the winners of the election.

Section 7. Any vacancy or vacancies existing after the regular elections shall be filled in by a special election to be called by the MEC and elected by the Municipal Council. Thereafter, the officers elected shall hold office for the unexpired period.

ARTICLE XVI
Impeachment
Section 1. On petition of at least five (5) chapters, any municipal officer of the organization may be made to undergo impeachment proceeding of any of the following grounds: a. b. c. d. Willful and culpable violation of this Constitution and the by-laws of the organization; Gross neglect of duty; Disloyalty to the organization; Gross misconduct

Section 2. There shall be an Impeachment Tribunal. The creation of which shall be ensured by the Municipal Council. The Tribunal shall be composed of six (6) voting members. Any decision of impeachment must carry the unanimous decision of the body. Section 3. The decision of the Tribunal may only be appealed to the Municipal Congress, which may be twothirds (2/3) vote, reverse the Tribunals decision.

ARTICLE XVII
Dues
Section 1. There shall be a one-time membership fee of Php 15.00 for every new member. Section 2. There shall be a monthly due of Php 5.00 for every member. Section 2. Members shall pay their dues to the barangay chapter to which they belong, which shall retain seventy percent (70%) for the use of the chapter, and remit three percent (30%) to the Municipal Finance Committee. Section 3. There shall be an institutional fee of Php 50.00 monthly for every barangay chapter.

ARTICLE XVIII
By-Laws
Section 1. There shall be set of by-laws which shall embody KATROPA organizational rules and procedures. Section 2. The by-laws may be amended by a majority vote of the Municipal Congress.

ARTICLE XIX
Amendments
Section 1. This Constitution may be amended or revised by a vote of two thirds (2/3) of Municipal Congress. Section 2. All proposals for amendments or revisions must be submitted in written form, together with explanation for such, to the Municipal Secretariat at least twenty (20) days prior to the Municipal Congress. Section 3. Pursuant to the preceding section, where a division of the Municipal Congress is necessary for the

rectification of an amendment to or revisions of this Constitution, approval of programs, adoption of resolutions and policies and in other similar acts of the body, each chapter shall carry one (1) vote.