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DILG Siquijor slates training for youth

By Rizalie A. Calibo

Siquijor (13 November) -- Local government Operation Officers (LGOOs) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) here have been in full swing conducting Integrated Sangguniang Kabataan Organizational Leadership Re-Orientation Program-Basic Organization Program (ISKOLAR-BOS) to all members of Sangguniang Kabataan provincewide.

The first to be conducted was in Lazi and Siquijor towns last October 25, followed by the town of Maria on October 27, Enrique Villanueva and San Juan on October 30 and in Larena town on November 15.

The ISKOLAR-BOS training aims to provide SK officials with skills and knowledge necessary to become effective, efficient and responsive leaders.

It also seeks to transform the present political landscape by inculcating in the SK leaders the tenets of new politics, genuine public service and youth empowerment.

Topics include Barangay Governanace and Development, Meeting the Challenges of Creating and Effective Team, Righteous Leadership and the Medium Term Youth Development Plan (2005-2010) all aimed in developing an entire generation of empowered Sangguniang Kabataan leaders who would actively act as catalysts of change and development in Philippine Society.

These were all handled by the provincial and municipal LGOOs of the DILG Siquijor.

Meanwhile, Malacaņang officials said the government is doing everything possible to protect the people and build up their capabilities for growth and prosperity.

In 2009 proposed national budget, the DILG gets huge allocations of P61.9 billion along with other agencies such the Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Education (DepEd), Department of National Defense (DND), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Finance (DOF) and the judiciary.

Malacaņang has said that next year's outlay was "shaped by food and fuel prices, as it erects ramparts to protect the people while at the same time building up their capabilities for growth and prosperity."

The 2009 proposed budget of P1.415-trillion is about 15 percent higher than the 2008 budget of P1.227-trillion.

The President has said that the proposed budget would address the world food and fuel crises and give appropriate funding to the government's priority programs -- environment, education and economy. (PIA) [top]

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