Elected and appointed members of the Sangguniang Kabataan in the 30 barangays of Dumaguete City are optimistic that they will soon receive a monthly honoraria of at least P 1, 000 each excluding officials of the federation, if the provincial board approves it.
Under the law, only SK Chairpersons will receive honoraria but the city administration intends to provide honoraria to the other elected and appointed SK officials.
Last week, the City Council approved on third and final reading the ordinance that grants benefits and honoraria to the members, secretary and treasurer of the Sangguniang Kabatan in Dumaguete City.
The ordinance passed without objection from the members of the City Council presided by Vice-Mayor Franklin Esmeña Jr. Councilors Alan Gel Cordova, Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Lilani Ramon, Miguel Agustin Perdices, Estanislao Alviola, Jose Victor Imbo, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Michael Bandal, Manuel Arbon, Manuel Sagarbarria, ABC President Dione Amores and SK Federation President Lei Marie Danielle Tolentino.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo promptly congratulated the SK officials including SK Federation Vice-President Renz Macion for the passage of the ordinance authored by Cordova and co-authored by Bandal, Tolentino-Maxino, Alviola and Tolentino.
Aside from honoraria, the SK officials will also be provided with hospitalization assistance and death benefits.
At present only the SK Chairpersons receive honoraria but the city administration intends to provide honoraria to the other elected and appointed SK officials in recognition of their service and participation to local governance.
The newly passed ordinance also provides that the honoraria may be increased upon the recommendation of the SK Federation supported by a resolution of the City Council and duly approved by Mayor Remollo if funds are available.
Like most ordinances, the measure will be submitted to the Provincial Board for review and approval. So it is now in the hands of the provincial legislators as the City Councilors and the SK Federation are expected to lobby for the ordinance’s eventual approval.