“Tomorrow (Monday), thousands of potential youth leaders will be elected SK chairs in their respective barangay. They will be the next generation of leaders in the country.
But who among them can survive the jungle?”
This article: So Young, So corrupt, was published on Inquirer.net today just a day before barangay elections. It claims that corruption starts at the lowest level of the political hierarchy, the barangay youth council, Saguniang Kabataan (SK). It is an unfortunate situation since the SK holds such a great potential and promise for young people to get their feet wet in the world of politics. The hope is for these young people to initiate changes that will break the ‘mold’. It seems that some are, instead, getting indoctrinated into the old ways of doing business in politics. The Youth Council is not a group to be taken for granted because of their youth. They have the promise of becoming a part of the old system or initiating changes to reform the old ways. Something to keep in mind as voters cast their ballots on Monday.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 17:53:00 10/23/2010
ALONG the dusty streets of one barangay (village) in Pangasinan stand 24 shiny new streetlights. Inscribed on the poles are the words “Project of the Sangguniang Kabataan.”
The erection of the streetlights cost the youth council P120,000. Twelve percent of the total cost was pocketed by Santino (not his real name), an SK chair, as “reward” from the supplier. Santino describes this as a “standard operation procedure” or “SOP” in the barangay.
“Of course the barangay chair knows this. In fact, we even split the money,” Santino said.
He said the requested budget for the project would not have been released without the approval of the barangay chair who, incidentally, is his uncle.
The “SOP” is often exclusive to three major players: the supplier, the SK chair and the barangay chair.
Read the full text of the article here: http://opinion.inquirer.net/inquireropinion/talkofthetown/view/20101023-299324/So-young-so-corrupt