Marlon Cornelio, 09184608956
Tristan Bringas, 09393159181
Akbayan Youth, together with the SK Reform Coalition, asks DILG Sec. Robredo to look into the complaint filled in the Ombudsman against Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation (SKNF) President Jane Cajes. SNKF is directly under the supervision of DILG Sec., Sec 3 Art. 15 of the SKNF Constitution.
According to Marlon Cornelio, Akbayan Youth Secretary General, central to the allegation of corruption against SKNF Pres. Cajes is the lack of budget transparency, for 3 years now SKNF has not released a financial statement (FS) while it is required every activity and annually under the law.
There were resolutions formally requestingPres. Cajes for a financial report during the SK Congress held in Bohol. The ethics committee of NYC through Comm. Benjie Oliva has also issued her a Memo to provide NYC with SKNF financial statement. However, the SKNF has still to issue a financial statement, as of press time.
“We strongly urge Pres. Cajes to finally issue a financial statement report, this is to avoid further talks that ‘pina-reretoke din niya ang financial report’ (the financial report is being fabricated),” Tristan Bringas, NCR Convenor of SK Reform Coalition, added.
A complaint against SKNF President Cajes was filled in the Ombudsman last October 20 by two of her former staff in Bohol.
Akbayan Youth has earlier called on the DILG to issue sticker guidelines on utilization of SK budget and including in its campaign for transparency the SK Budget. Financial transparency and accountability is one of the provisions in Akbayan’s SK Reform and Empowerment bill (HB 0468).