Each of the twenty barangays in Tacurong organized a Task Force on Youth Development to pursue youth development projects and programs in their areas of responsibility in the absence of the Sangguniang Kabataan or SK officials.
By virtue of RA 10632, the scheduled SK elections on October 28, 2013 were postponed. Hence, SK positions were left vacant. An IRR or implementing rules and regulations of RA 10632 was issued by DILG and COMELEC to help barangay governments in carrying out development programs for the youth.
In compliance with Rule 6 of the IRR, each task force is composed of eight members, 15-17 years old, who were nominated by the Katipunan ng Kabataan in the barangay.
The members of each TF were nominated during their barangay’s Katipunan ng Kabataan assembly. After their nomination, their names were posted on the barangay’s bulletin board for three days. A committee hearing was then conducted to recommend the nominees to the Sangguniang Barangay. Each SB then passed a resolution creating the Task Force on Youth Development.
The IRR strictly require that members of the TF on Youth Development must not be related to barangay officials within fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity.
The barangay kagawad who was elected as Chairperson on Women and Family is automatically the chairperson of the Task Force on Youth Development.
Members of the TF on Youth Development of ten barangays took their oath before Mayor Lina O. Montilla on July 12, 2014. Another batch from ten barangays also took oath on July 13, 2014.
After the mass oath-taking, the task forces were immediately subject to orientation on RA 10632 and on the perceived challenges in youth development.
After, members of the task forces participated in a workshop to prepare Sangguniang Kabataan Budget/development plan for one fiscal year in the absence of the SK and until the elections will resume.
The City Local Government Operations Office and the LGU, through the City Planning and Development Office, helped each task force in determining priorities for the development plan. Among the policy agenda determined during the workshop were education, employment, health, participation, vulnerability of specific youth groups, and values formation. (LGU Tacurong City Information)