July 19, 2024

Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Fe-deration President Councilor Levy Lloyd Orcales has filed a proposed ordinance prescribing the procedure for the filing and disposition of complaints against elective and appointive SK officials in the city.

Orcales said the resolution of administrative cases invol-ving an SK official is the role of the sangguniang panlungsod pursuant to Department of the Interior and Local Government Opinion 13, s. 2022.

Under the proposed guidelines, all administrative complaints against an SK official shall be filed with the SK Federation. After evaluation, the SK Federation Office shall forward the complaint to the city council.

The concerned council committee shall conduct the hearing and issue its ruling and the sanctions to be imposed on the erring SK official. 

An SK official who has committed any “misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance” during their term shall either be suspended or removed from office, provided due process has been accorded to the official.

An erring SK official shall be suspended for not more than six months or removed from office by the majority vote of the members of the sangguniang panlungsod on any of the following grounds:

Absence from the SK regular meeting without valid cause for two consecutive times or four accumulated absences within a period of 12 months, failure to convene the SK regular assembly for two consecutive times, failure to convene the regular SK meetings for three consecutive months in the case of the SK chairperson, failure to formulate the Comprehensive Barangay Youth Development Plan and Annual Barangay Youth Investment Program, or failure to approve the annual budget within the prescribed period of time without a justifiable reason;

Failure to implement programs and projects outlined in the Annual Barangay Youth Investment Program without a justifiable reason, failure to attend the regular sangguniang barangay session for four consecutive times  without a valid cause in the case of the SK chairperson; conviction by final judgment of a crime involving moral turpitude; violation of rules against graft and corruption and other civil services laws, rules, and regulations; and failure in the discharge of their duty or if they committed abuse of authority.

The privileges accorded to an erring SK official under Section 16 of Republic Act 10742 shall likewise be suspended. In case of dismissal from office, all benefits and privileges accorded to them shall be removed.

The proposal was  referred to the committee on laws, human rights, and justice. – Jordan G. Habbiling