PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
NYC pushes for transparency of SKby Alice V. Sicat
QUEZON CITY, Jan. 3, (PIA) -- National Youth Council (NYC) Chairperson Leon Flores said in an interview this morning that they are promoting the practice of transparency among Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) organizations in the country.
Moreover, the NYC wants the SKs to institutionalize sound governance practices such as accountability, participation and performance by awarding a seal of good housekeeping to deserving organizations.
Flores said, however, that there are many ways by which an SK organization may practice transparency. “For example the Negros Oriental SK…regularly (posts) its financial statements and even attendance on its Facebook account.” Flores said.
He said that the authority to award the seal of good housekeeping, however, will rest on the Department of Interior and Local Government, which oversees the SK.
Flores added that to comply with transparency issues, an SK chapter may report on the regular meeting it holds, post its financial statements and other relevant information on social networking sites.
He added that accountability comes with the authority of SK officials to disburse organization funds.
The NYC has been pushing for reforms in the SK such as raising the minimum age of members to 18 years old, introducing an anti-dynasty clause to its charter and fiscal autonomy.
Flores was a guest in “Talking Points” a program in cooperation of the Presidential Communications Group (PCOO) Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) and Philippine News Agency (PNA). It airs every Tuesday and Thursday on People’s Television Network (PTV4) and DZRB Radyo ng Bayan. (AS/PIA-GHQ)