THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded the newly elected Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials that they need to undergo mandatory training before they can assume their respective posts.
DILG-San Simon municipal officer Concessa Novio said the mandatory training is prescribed by law as provided in Section 27 of the SK Reform Act and failure to participate in the training without valid reason shall be a ground for disqualification or disciplinary actions.
She added that the nine-day mandatory training, which started yesterday, May 17, and will run until May 26, aims to prepare the elected officials for their new roles, and their duties and responsibilities as public servants.
Novio noted that the training program consists of three modules that include decentralization, local governance, SK History and its Salient Features, Meetings and Resolutions, Planning and Budgeting, and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Official and Employees.
“Not just because they were elected by their fellow youth, they can easily assume their posts. They must understand their duties and responsibilities first, as well as the background and the role of SKs in the community, which office they will serve,” she said.
In Central Luzon alone, there are 24,816 newly-elected SK officials wherein 3,102 of which are SK chairmen and 21,714 were elected to the SK council membership.