In less than a month, barangays in the Philippines will be holding their respective Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections. SK officials are tasked to oversee and represent the involvement and welfare of the youth in barangays all over the country.
We must remember that elected SK officials are young men and women, aged 18 to 24 years old, and are likewise attending school or are just about to start working as private or government employees.
Today, we are going to share the different perks, benefits, and privileges that are granted SK officials as a means of recognizing their efforts to represent young Filipinos in the society.
- Free tuition and fees in public tertiary schools.
- These schools include state colleges, universities, and other locally-funded public educational institutions within or nearest their area of jurisdiction.
- Exemption from taking NSTP-CWTS but must submit reports on SK work.
- The SK officials, however, are required to submit reports and other documentation outlining their work with the barangay. Failure to submit will lead to the suspension of this privilege.
- Exemption from classes on days of SK meetings.
- The SK secretary will issue a certificate of attendance to be submitted to the official’s teacher.
- Falsely certifying an attendance will be criminally and administratively held accountable.
- PhilHealth coverage by the national government.
- Reimbursements for official travel expenses incurred during activities related to official functions.
- Perks of a barangay official for the SK chairperson.
- Under the new law, the SK chairperson also serves as an ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council).
- This means he or she enjoys the same privileges as the regular village councilors. These perks include honoraria, Christmas bonus, and insurance coverage, among others.
All SK Chairpersons under one city or municipality are automatically part of the LGUs SK Federation.