Where did the SK funds go?

WITH LESS than two months before the synchronized polls, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) reminded barangay officials to submit utilization reports of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) funds in 2017 not later than March 15, 2018.

DILG-6 regional director Anthony Nuyda said the fund was meant for the training of youth officials.

“We want to make sure that the funds were used for their purpose,” Nuyda said.

Based on the Guidelines on the Allocation and Utilization of SK Funds issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in 2017, “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 shall have been duly elected and qualified”.

Comelec also said the funds shall be allocated to programs and projects promoting quality education, anti-drug abuse, youth employment, gender sensitivity, sports development, and capacity building, among others.

DILG has partnered with the West Visayas State University (WVSU) in the conduct of the orientation.

“Before SK officials assume office and took their oath, they need to undergo training. That is required by law. One cannot assume the position if he or she has not attended a one-day orientation,” he said.

Nuyda also reminded village officials of the inventory and turnover of barangay properties.

“DILG has noticed in previous years that barangay captains leave their post and were replaced by new officials without the proper turnover of documents and financial records,” he said.

Failure to abide by the guidelines constitutes a violation of Commission on Audit (COA) rules which could lead to administrative charges for neglect of duty.

Meanwhile, candidates who fail to file their Statements of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) will not be allowed to assume their posts.

“In case you are a winning barangay official and you do not file your SOCE before June 13, you will not be allowed to sit and take over the position to which you are elected,” Nuyda said.

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