TWG for SKMT gathers for module development and finalization

DAVAO CITY—The Technical Working Group (TWG) responsible for the Sangguniang Kabataan Mandatory Training (SKMT) recently held a two-day workshop in Davao City on September 6–7 to develop and finalize the training framework and outline for the SK mandatory training.

BCAD Chief Cecilia Pelobillo highlighted the convening with the aim of ‘finalizing the module for the SKMT’ in preparation for SK officials who will assume office after being elected in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) on October 30, 2023.

“We seek your commitment, your insights, and the coordination necessary to ensure the successful implementation of our rollout for our SKs,” she added.

Meanwhile, BYC Commissioner for MagCotSGA Nasserudin Dunding emphasized the need to capacitate the youth to become effective leaders and not be trained to exercise any means of corruption.

“The overarching goal of this initiative is to empower the youth with leadership and governance skills, aiming to prevent a situation where the Sangguniang Kabataan is marginalized among the youth population and labeled as a ‘training ground for corruption,” said Comm’r Dunding.

“We envision this module to be inclusive, ensuring that the entire BARMM institution is informed about it. Following this, we will endorse it to the Bangsamoro Youth Coordinating Council to gain further support for this endeavor,” he added.

During the event, Muhammad Abqary Alon, serving as the consultant, provided a recap of the series of previous workshops and presented the consolidated ideas for the initial draft of the module.

The TWG members, composed of several employees of the Bangsamoro Youth Commission, the Ministry of Interior and Local Government, and other partner institutions, provided their insights, recommendations, and suggestions to further enhance the content of the module, particularly with regard to the topics and activities it contains.

The event also facilitated an agreement between the Commission and MILG during its coordination meeting on various points concerning the Guidelines for Implementing the SK Mandatory Training. These points included roles and responsibilities in Monitoring and Evaluation, logistics, resource mobilization, among others.

In the same month, training of trainers is scheduled, which will include participants from MLGOOs, LYDOs, BYC, YOs, and former SKs. Following this training, these trainers will then proceed to conduct training sessions for an estimated 23,000 SKs from across the BARMM region

Also present during the activity were directors and provincial directors of MLGOOs, the National Youth Commission, the Academe from MSU-Maguindanao, and the Development Academy of the Bangsamoro. (BYC PR Unit/AAA)