BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – Before assuming office, the newly-elected and appointed officials of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in the province of Tawi-Tawi completed a four-day mandatory training with the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) on Nov. 11-14.
MILG, in collaboration with the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC), simultaneously conducted the training at three different venues for all the SK members across the 11 municipalities of Tawi-Tawi.
This initiative is in pursuant to Republic Act No. 10742 otherwise known as the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015 wherein any SK official, whether elected or appointed, must undergo mandatory training programs before assuming their posts.
As stated in the law, the training aims to emphasize the role of the youth in nation-building and molding them to become better citizens with the values of patriotism, nationalism and honor as a Filipino. Deliberate failure to attend the said trainings shall constitute sufficient ground for disqualification.
In his video message, MILG Minister Atty. Naguib Sinarimbo conveyed his support and congratulated the new SK officials of Tawi-Tawi, and emphasized the importance of their roles in serving the Bangsamoro.
“Your victory demonstrates your dedication, commitment, and willingness to serve our youth, community, and beloved region. It is critical that you understand the significance of your roles as BARMM Sangguniang Kabataan Officials,” said Sinarimbo.
“Your responsibilities start with your mandatory training as SK officials, where you will be guided by our experienced officers to the structure of our government, the roles and functions, and the legal framework that governs SKs,” he added.
Minister Sinarimbo acknowledged the challenges the SK officials and members might face but expressed confidence in their dedication and passion to overcome them. He reassured that the MILG is committed to supporting SK officials in every step of the way.
Over 1,000 SK officials and members participated in the four-day training which was scheduled per municipality. During the training, BYC Tawi-Tawi Commissioner stressed the crucial role of ‘moral governance’ and SK in shaping the envisioned future of the region.
Acting Provincial Director of MILG Tawi-Tawi Gulamhasan Sappayani said that after the mandatory training, SK officials and members can officially assume their positions on November 15. Following the seminar, the election of SK Federation Officers for different municipalities took place with the presence of Board Election Officers and observers.
The recent Barangay and SK elections on October 30 marked a significant democratic milestone for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), being the first local election in the region. (Laila Aripin/BIO)