Zamboanga: Newly-elected SK officials undergo mandatory training

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As they prepare to assume office next month, newly-elected Sangguniang Kabataan officials from the city’s 98 barangays undergo the mandatory training organized by the Local Youth Development Office (LYDO) and Sangguniang Kabataan Federation in collaboration with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), National Youth Commission (NYC) and City Government.

As this developed, Mayor John Dalipe, who kicked off his political career as a Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson in his early 20’s, urged newly-elected SK officials to perform well for the constituents they vowed to serve despite the challenges.

“Nothing is impossible,” the mayor told the first batch of participants to the Mandatory Training at a local hotel downtown Friday, November 3.

Despite the challenges, Dalipe said, SK officials must persevere and give their all-out best to achieve their goals. “Two years is very short, so perform well. Todo’l dia trabaja ustedes,” he added.

The training, held at the Astoria Hotel  is set from November 3 to 6, from 8am to 5pm and is conducted by batches to cover all the 98 SK barangay councils in the city.

The mandatory and continuing training programs for SK officials is provided under Republic Act 10742 and is purposely to emphasize “the role of the youth in nation-building and molding them to become betters citizens with the values of patriotism, nationalism and honor as a Filipino.”

The training includes various modules or sessions to apprise the new SK officials on decentralization and local governance, SK history and salient features, planning, budgeting, minutes and resolutions and code of conduct and ethical standards.

Any SK official, whether elected or appointed or any member of the LDYC must undergo the mandatory training programs before he or she can assume office.

Failure to attend the mandatory training and continuing training programs during their incumbency will constitute sufficient ground to disqualify an SK official or LDUC member or subject them to disciplinary actions according to the LYDO Giovanie Perez.

The new SK officials were elected during the 2023 Barangay and SK elections last October 30. They are set to assume next month.

(Source: City Government of Zamboanga Facebook page, photo courtesy by Yoshi Rodriguez)

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