SK bets with relatives among  officials to be disqualified

Sangguniang Kabataan candidates found to have relatives who are elected officials from the national to the barangay levels will be disqualified from running in the SK elections on May 14, 2018.

Assistant Regional Director Wilhelm Suyko of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the disqualification is based on the anti-dynasty provision of the revised law on the SK which prohibits members of political dynasties to run in SK elections.

Suyko said that this is a unique provision of the law that enforces the anti-dynasty ban stipulated in the 1987 Constitution. No law preventing  members of political dynasties from running for elective positions from barangay councilman up to Philippine President has been passed, except the new SK   law.

At the same time, ARD Suyko also said that elected SK officials will not allowed to take their oath and assume office unless they undergo a one-day orientation on their responsibilities as SK officials. The orientation will be conducted by the Commission on Elections in cooperation with the National Youth Commission and the DILG.

Suyko also bared the DILG has come out in full force in its massive information drive to inspire voters to choose for the best barangay officials.

“Let us vote for Matalino, Mahusay and Maasahan,” said Wilhelm Suyko, assistant regional director, during the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw, saying that this should serve as a citizen’s guide in the forthcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections this May 14, 2018.

“Those three M qualities are needed to push for a clean, honest and excellently governed barangays,” Suyko said.

He said that a good barangay official should be resistant to corruption, has a developmental platform, loyal to the service and open to the public, adheres to government and community guidelines and tested in helping to maintain peace and order in the barangay.

“The barangays, as the forefront of government service should be committed to the Duterte admistration’s anti-corruption, anti-drugs and anti-criminality campaigns. The National Government needs barangay officials that are committed to reform in the barangay level,” according to DILG Regional Director Alex Roldan in a statement.

Meanwhile, Suyko said that after the Barangay and SK election on Saturday they will be implementing the “Barangay Newly Elected Officials towards Grassroots Renewal and Empowerment for Accountable and Transparent Barangay (BNEO-GREAT)” in coordination with DILG 11 and Local Government Academy.

“This is a capacity development program with set of activities and learning interventions to support the changing needs of the barangays,”  Suyko said.