By Chito Chavez
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reminded the barangays to submit the 2017 Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) financial report not later than March 15 in preparation for the May 14, 2018 Barangay and SK elections.
DILG Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Eduardo M. Año said this is to ensure that the SK funds were rightfully spent for the benefit and welfare of the youth.
“Bilang mga lingkod bayan, nararapat lamang na ipaalam ng mga barangay sa mga mamamayan kung paano nila ginastos ang pondong nakalaan para sa mga kabataan (As public servants, it is a must for the barangays to present how the SK funds were spent),’’ said Año.
According to the Guidelines on the Allocation and Utilization of SK Funds issued by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) last year, “the 10 percent of the general fund of the barangay allocated for the SK shall be used solely for youth development and empowerment programs and projects until the new set of SK officials have been duly elected and qualified”.
The guidelines also specified that the SK funds shall be allocated for the Mandatory Training, SK Pederasyon elections, youth development and empowerment programs, and projects that will promote and ensure equitable access to quality education, youth employment and livelihood, anti-drug abuse, gender sensitivity, sports development, and capacity building among others.
DILG Spokesperson Assistant Secretary Jonathan Malaya said that DILG through the Local Government Academy is prepared to conduct the Mandatory Training for Newly Elected SK Officials but the cost of these trainings shall be charged to the 10 percent of the Barangay General Fund reserved for youth projects.
“We wish to remind all barangays that they should reserve funds for the Mandatory Training of all SK officials to be elected this May. Thus, they should not spend the entire 10 percent otherwise their SK won’t be able to attend the trainings,” said Malaya.
Malaya said that barangays are required to submit the said reports on SK funds utilization to the Department through the National Barangay Operations Office (NBOO), copy furnished to the National Youth Commission (NYC).
He said that submission of 2017 annual reports on SK funds to DILG NBOO can be done through email to DILG NBOO at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copy furnished to NYC through email@example.com.
Task Force on Youth Development
As part of the Department’s advocacy on transparent and accountable youth governance, Año noted that the Task Force on Youth Development (TFYD) created in each barangay shall prepare the reports on the utilization of SK Funds as well as formulating the Annual Barangay Youth Investment Program until such time that the new SK officials shall have been duly elected and qualified.
He added that it is the responsibility of the TFYD to ensure and monitor the implementation of the youth development and empowerment programs, projects and activities.
Likewise, the task force shall conduct inventory of all properties, finances, and documents to ensure smooth transition to the incoming SK officials.
The TFYD is composed of a Sangguniang Barangay (SB) member, preferably the Chairperson of the Committee on Women and Family, as Chairperson, and four members who are chosen from the list of the nominees of the youth organizations in the barangays.