VACANT Sangguniang Kabataan positions will be filled in either by special election or appointment, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
DILG-6 Regional Director Anthony Nuyda said they are still waiting for the final pronouncement from the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as well as guidelines from the DILG Central Office.
“Ideally, there should be a special election but the one that will determine that should be the Comelec. If it is not possible to have a special election, then appointment is another option. Let us just wait,” Nuyda said.
Pres. Rodrigo Duterte can issue the appointment or it could be delegated to other executive branches like the DILG.
The aspirants must be qualified, said Nuyda, as possible appointees will undergo a nomination process.
“The appointment has to undergo a process. And there will be some recommendations and most probably the DILG will be asked to do the processing,” he added.
Records from the Comelec showed that in Iloilo City, close to 300 SK posts are vacant due to lack of candidates.
Of the total 180 barangays, two do not have bets for SK chairperson while eight have no candidates for the youth council.
Also, some barangays have less than the required seven members of the SK council.
Winning candidates for the youth polls will undergo mandatory training before they can assume office on June 30, according to Nuyda.
The youth is believed to play a significant role in nation building, being a member of the grassroots and has the power to create barangay resolutions and resolutions.
DILG-6 will conduct the seminar from May 17 to 26.
“We partnered with schools and universities in Western Visayas. We want that by the end of the month before they assume office, they have already undergone training,” he said.
All winning candidates in the barangay and youth polls will assume office on June 30, 2018.