An expansion meeting for the implementation of the SK Mandatory Training was conducted by DILG Region 6 at Casa Real, Iloilo City on March 5, 2018. The meeting was attended by representatives of ten local State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in Region 6, Regional and Provincial Local Youth Development Officers (LYDOs) and a representative from the Regional Liga ng mga Barangays.
SUC representatives in Region 6 present are from the Central Philippine University (CPU), Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT), West Visayas State University (WVSU), University of the Philippines-Visayas, University of San Agustin, Aklan State University (ASU), University of Antique (UA), Capiz State University (CAPSU), Carlos Hilado Memorial State College (CHMSC) and University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos. These SUCs together with the LYDOs are going to manage and facilitate the conduct of the SK Mandatory Training in coordination with DILG.
“This activity is conducted to solicit partnership and commitment from the institutions that can cater to the number of elected SK officials in Region 6” said DILG R6 Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda.  Approximately 32,400 SK elected officials in Region 6 are expected to attend the SK Mandatory Training consisting of eight SK participants per barangay. RD Nuyda seeks the support of the partner institutions to successfully implement the SK Mandatory Training.
DILG R6 OIC-ARD Maria Calpiza Sardua added that “this meeting aims to orient the participants on their roles and responsibilities in the conduct of the SK Mandatory Training and to prepare a roll out plan/ strategies in the conduct of the training set on May 17-26, 2018.”
Region 6 needs to train 30 batches per day conducted simultaneously in 9 days, with 120-130 participants per batch. The training duration will be one day consisting of three modules. Module 1 will cover Decentralization, Local Governance, SK History and its Salient Features; Module 2: Meetings and Resolutions, Planning & Budgeting; and Module 3: Code of Conduct & Ethical Standards for Public Official and Employees.
A registration fee of Php2,000.00 per participant will be required to cover training expenses. Said training fees will be given to the LRIs by the LGU. The DILG, LGU and service provider will enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) defining their roles and responsibilities.
SK Officials who failed to attend with valid reasons shall submit a written request to the local training management team of the concerned LGU for a special training which will be borne by the requesting SK Official. The special training will not go beyond June 30, 2018.
This in accordance to Republic Act No. 10742, otherwise known as the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Reform Act of 2015 which has been promulgated to institute reforms in the SK creating enabling mechanisms for meaningful youth participation. Its passage reflects the vote of the Filipino youth’s ability to lead and participate in the country’s development and encourages their involvement in public and civic affairs.
The law also provides for the capability building of the SK elected officials, for the purpose of emphasizing the role of the youth and molding them to become better citizens. Any SK official, whether elected or appointed, must undergo the SK Mandatory Training Program before he/she can assume office. Failure to attend the said training shall constitute sufficient ground to disqualify the SK official or subject them to disciplinary actions.
The SK Mandatory Training Program will be undertaken by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in coordination with the DILG. RA 10742 mandates the NYC and the DILG with the assistance of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), Local Government Academy (LGA), UP-Natl. College of Public Administrations and Governance and in consultation with youth stakeholders to jointly design and implement the mandatory and continuing training programs. (LGOO II Judy Mae T. Magdato, DILG6)