Quezon City Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation Chairman John Ansell de Guzman of Barangay Socorro appears to be headed for trouble, as his colleagues accuse him of enriching himself with perks and remittances from every barangay youth council in the city.
De Guzman’s co-officials at the city SK Federation on Monday said that they are about to file criminal and administrative charges before the Office of the Ombudsman and the Department of Interior and Local Government for not disclosing the federation’s financial status and book of accounts. They suspect the coffers are likely nearly empty because no proper disbursement procedures are in place.
Reniel John Perdido, SK chair of Barangay Krus na Ligas, who led the complaint said de Guzman and Dyke Bennica Pangan, the federation treasurer, who are mandated to call a general assembly once a year to report what had happened to every SK council’s contribution to the federation since 2010, after assuming their office, only called a general assembly once that cost them over P700,000.
“That assembly was held even without a quorum, only about 60 youth council chairmen were able to attend out of the 142 barangays. All we want is for them to explain where are our funds went,” Perdido said.
He disclosed that every youth council is mandated to remit an annual dues of 2 percent of their budget to the SK Federation led by de Guzman who in turn will also remit some percentage to the national federation.
Joederey Reyes, SK chairman of Barangay Commonwealth said his council’s 2 percent annual dues amount to P142,000 but he has never remitted.
“Why should I remit when they don’t remit to the remit to the national federation. So we use our funds for the young people in our barangay,” Reyes said.
He added that De Guzman might also be slapped with ‘double compensation’ for still receiving his P16,000 salary as SK chairman of his barangay and P50,000 wages for being an honorary member of the City Council as the SK Federation president.
Florence Ranario, who worked as district coordinator for District 1 at the office of de Guzman also revealed that she only received a monthly salary of P5,000 and learned later that her job order for that position pays a P13,000 monthly.
“We already have evidence that our signatures on the payroll were forged [May mga ebidensiya na po kami forged ang aming mga signature sa payroll],” Ranario revealed.
A resolution calling for an immediate general assembly made by the SK Federation officials on June 23 was also ignored by de Guzman—prompting the group to request the LandBank branch at the city hall to release the group’s statement of account to show transparency and accountability.
“As SK chair of our respective barangays who pay the annual dues, we believe that it is our right to know all the transactions involving the said budget. We also believe that we have the right to know when, how much and for what matters do the budget of SK Annual Dues Collection went to,” the group told de Guzman in one of their letter calling the attention of their federation president.