THE Department of the Interior and Local Government is being asked to release guidelines for the filling of vacancies for the utilization of Sanguniang Kabataan funds in the city.
Baguio City Sanguniang Kabataan president and Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales stated the urgency of having the appropriate guidelines coming from the DILG for the federation to implement projects in the various barangays in the city.
“SK operations in Baguio City is now paralyzed and it is very very heartbreaking on what the situation of the SK is now because of the reformed act. They have not prepared the guidelines necessary for us to work and we are at the receiving end of the lack of the guidelines,” Orcales explained.
From the 128 Barangays of the city, only eight barangays have a complete number of SK officials.
“The DILG field office here in Baguio City said they have created a draft of the guidelines and what they said was they are waiting for the DILG Central Office if they would approve the draft,” Orcales added.
At least three SK chairmen in the city were suspended after failing to file thei Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) with 40 kagawads while nine barangays in the city have no SK official.
“I reason why this happened was because according to them, they did not know that they were supposed to file their SOCE’s, they were not aware that it is a requirement by law which was their reason,” Orcales added.
Comelec Baguio Election Supervisor lawyer John Paul Martin said that if these individuals would fail to submit their SOCE’s in the future, they will perpetually be not allowed to work for government.
The NYC is set to discuss this matter with the electoral tribunal.
Ronald Cardema, national chairman of the National Youth Commission (NYC) during the first Sanguniang Kabataan National Summit at Teachers Camp said the issue of the guidelines to be used in filling up the vacancies and the utilization of SK funds have been raised to the specific agencies concerned.
“Just recently, the NYC supervision now have been transferred from the cabinet secretary to the DILG which is now its attached agency. We think that there would be a speedier process regarding this concern since we now have a direct line with Secretary Anio and we will be raising this to him,” Cardema stated.