QUEZON City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte said those who would win in the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May must go through a crash course on government accounting laws, so they could “stand on their own.”
“All elected SK officials, especially first-timers, must take up a crash course on government financial system,” she said, adding such should have been a requisite for all elected youth officials since they would directly handle public funds and properties.
“They should have training on proper accounting and financial management and administration, including pertinent laws. They should really know how to enter into contracts and use government funds properly,” Belmonte said.
“So, they could not be dictated on by their counterparts in the barangay,” she added.
Apart from having a technical know-how on handling the financial aspect of public service, the vice mayor said it is also imperative “that the value of accountability and transparency must be inculcated to the minds of the young leaders.”
With the youth council still hounded by allegations of corruption, nepotism, absenteeism, and lack of transparency, Belmonte said she still supports continued government efforts to revitalize SK as a viable force for youth development, service and participation.
To avoid repetitive projects and programs, she said the youth council must be given a set of “project menu” listing down specific projects they could implement.
She said she will hold a seminar for youths aspiring to run in May to back the youth the national government’s campaign to cleanse the SK ranks and insulate them from the culture of corruption.