By By Fernan A. Gianan
Lacking SK members to be appointed?
posted 19-May-2018  ·  
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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is not worrying yet on the issue of lack of youths running for the seven seats in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) in many villages in Catanduanes.

According to DILG provincial director Jun Razal, they will have to wait for guidance from the central office on what to do regarding this problem after the election winners are proclaimed on May 14.

The lacking youth council members may have to be appointed from among their qualified youths by the barangay councils if the DILG issues a directive in this regard. There is no other alternative unless it allows the absurdity of an SK chairman with no members in his council.

As of last week, the DILG provincial has yet to determine how many barangays will have SKs with incomplete memberships. In the meantime, it has already scheduled the conduct of mandatory training for the winning SK candidates this May 25-26, according to reliable sources, a requirement before they assume office. They will also receive continuing education during their term.

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In Virac, a manual count by the Tribune showed seven barangays with SK chairman bets but no candidates for SK members, as well as 13 more with lacking SK member candidates. The number of barangays with similar anemic SK composition could well run into a significant proportion of the 315 barangays.

The primary reason for the dearth of those running for SK membership is that the SK Reform Law provides honorarium only to the SK chairman. Why run if you would only be the “alila” of the youth council boss?

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The entire Catanduanes police force is now on full alert status.

    This was announced by PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Felix Servita Jr. during the coordination conference held by COMELEC with the deputized agencies, local treasurers, and other election stakeholders in attendance at the Camp Camacho conference hall.

    He likewise warned his officers and men to be doub ly careful in responding to reports of untoward incidents lest they be ambushed by the New People’s Army.

    Similarly, the Army unit in Catanduanes is also on alert, particularly since its soldiers and civilian armed militia have been assigned to isolated barangays where the presence of armed groups have been noted in the past.

    While members of the Electoral Boards will be paid P5,000 each for manning the polling precincts (with the chairman getting P6,000), the police officers assigned to secure the premises will be given only a thousand pesos. And the amount will be released to them only sometime after the elections.

    “Para sa bayan!” PD Servita said to his police chiefs, echoing the pronouncement of Provincial Elections Supervisor Atty Ma. Aurea Bunao that the COMELEC has not set aside funds for the overtime pay of local treasurers in handling the election paraphernalia.

    Atty. Bunao also said her office has no choice but to deduct the 5% withholding tax from the election honoraria of teachers and other DepEd officials as the proposal to exempt it from tax has yet to be approved.

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THE CONFESSION. A young woman on a flight from New York to London asks the priest sitting beside her, “Father, may I ask a favor?”

“Of course, my child. What may I do for you?”

“Well, I brought an expensive woman’s electronic hair dryer for my mother’s birthday,” says the female passenger. “The dryer is unopened and well over the Customs limits, and I’m afraid they’ll confiscate it. Is there any way you could carry it through Customs for me? Under your robes perhaps?”

“I would love to help you, my dear,” says the man of the cloth, “but I must warn you: I will not lie.”

“With your honest face, Father, no one will question you,” replies the woman.

When they reach the Customs area, the woman lets the priest go ahead of her. The Customs official asks, “Father, do you have anything to declare?”

“From the top of my head down to my waist, I have nothing to declare,” answers the priest.

“And what do you have to declare from your waist to the floor?” says the official.

“I have a marvelous instrument designed to be used on a woman, but which is, to date, unused.”

Roaring with laughter, the official says, “Go ahead, Father. Next!”


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