Privileges of SK officials

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED May 8, 2018 02:13 pm
Aside from free tuition fee in college, SK officials enjoy a number of other privileges.

(Inside Manila) In less than a week, the country will be holding the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, a momentous event that will define the development of the country’s villages in the coming years.

The 2018 SK election will be held after an 8-year postponement brought by the reform on the SK law.

Under the new law, registered youth 15 to 30 years old can vote for the barangay-based youth council that is composed of a chairperson and 7 members (councilors). These officials are aged 18 to 24 and will hold office for three years.

Like any other elected official, SK officials also enjoy a number of privileges. Republic Act 10742, or the Sangguniang Kabataan Reform Act of 2015, sets these perks for these young public servants:

  1. Free tuition and other matriculation fees in any public tertiary school
    This is applicable to state colleges, universities, and other locally funded public educational institutions within or nearest the officials’ area of jurisdiction.

  2. Exemption from taking NSTP-CWTS
    This perk can only be enjoyed should the SK officials provide reports and other documentations outlining their work with the barangay.

  3. Exemption from attending regular classes that fall on the same day as SK meetings and/or Barangay Sessions
    A certificate of attendance shall be issued by the SK secretary, attested by the SK chairperson and duly noted by the Barangay Chairman and shall be submitted to the school as proof of attendance.

  4. PhilHealth coverage by the national government

  5. Reimbursements for travel expenses incurred during activities related to official functions

SK Chairperson’s additional perks

By virtue of being the chairperson of the barangay youth council, the SK chair enjoys the same privileges as the regular village councilors (kagawad). These benefits include honoraria, Christmas bonus, and insurance coverage, among others. 



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