COTABATO CITY — The Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) and the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) continued conducting mandatory training for Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Officials in Maguindanao on Monday, June 20 at Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant, Cotabato City.
The training, dubbed “Engaging the SK, Empowering the Youth (ESKEY),” aims to strengthen and empower the SK as a useful conduit in community development and encourage the involvement of youth in public and civic affairs through the establishment of effective, responsive, and enabling mechanisms in forging youth participation in local governance.
During the training, BYC Planning Assistant Norhamin Singh and Provincial Chief of Staff Sohaila Macadato discussed the modules on SK History and Salient Features of the SK Reform Law, and Preparations on Meetings and Resolutions.
The training also covers topics on Decentralization and Local Governance, Planning and Budgeting, and the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
In July 2021, similar mandatory training was conducted in Tawi-Tawi and Lanao del Sur. Meanwhile, participants in Sulu and Basilan underwent the same training in November.
ESKEY is a partnership program between the MILG and BYC that aims to ensure that the youth leaders in Bangsamoro region are engaged, connected, informed, and capacitated.
Pursuant to Republic Act No.10742 or otherwise known as the “Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015”, all SK Officials, whether elected or appointed, or any member of the Local Youth Development Council (LYDC) must undergo the mandatory training programs before assuming office. (BYC PR Unit)