CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, June 13 – For the Sangguniang Kabataan of Cagayan de Oro City to be fully aware and ready for their financial independence as contemplated in DBM-DILG-NYC Joint Memorandum Circular No. 01 dated January 23, 2019, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Cagayan de Oro City Field Office conducted a training-workshop for them.

           In collaboration with the Cagayan de Oro City Government and the Sangguniang Kabataan Federation of Cagayan de Oro City, the three-day Training Workshop on the Preparation of Comprehensive Barangay Youth Development Plan, Annual Barangay Youth Investment Program and Budget was held in four (4) batches from May 29 to June 13, 2019 in the said city.

          In order to ensure mainstreaming and alignment of plans, all Sangguniang Kabataan were coached by technical staff of the City Planning and Development Office and City Budget Office in the formulation of their respective Comprehensive Barangay Youth Development Plans, Annual Barangay Youth Investment Program and Budget. Accountability process was also discussed by the City Accounting staff.

          The activity was conducted as a prelude to the succeeding financial management and accountability capacity building to be conducted by the Commission on Audit and other offices in-charge of public fund management and accountability.

          “SK should be mindful of their responsibility and accountability as public officials and must be prudent in handling their funds,” DILG City Director Jane J. Docallos stressed.

          Further, she said that, “SK funds are primarily for the empowerment and development of the youth, and programs, projects and activities therein must be aligned in furtherance of the vision and goals of their respective barangays and the city as a whole.”