The SK Watch (Sangguniang Kabataan Monitoring) is a project of the Ecolink Philippines supported by the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF).
SK Watch is a citizen-‐based initiative to curb corruption in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), a government-‐supported youth council in every village, providing young citizens a direct role in governance at a community level. By law, SK receives a mandatory share in the Internal Revenue Allotment for Local Government Units. Over the years, the use of the SK funds has been marked by widespread corruption which ECOLINK estimated to be at US$15 million annually nationwide. Stopping this corruption by establishing youth-‐based, youth-‐led transparency and accountability mechanisms is the overarching objective of the project.
The project focuses on the four major problem-‐areas where SK corruption is most prevalent. These are (a) diversion of funds, (b) the so-‐called “Waiting-‐Shed Syndrome”, (c) misuse and misappropriation of SK properties, and (d) overpricing of sports facilities & equipment. ECOLINK coined the “waiting-‐shed syndrome” to describe the addiction of SKs around the country to build waiting sheds that hardly benefited communities and were eventually laid to waste – simply because they were ‘tangible’ and easy-‐to-‐do projects; they were also prone to corrupt practices.
The project began with a pilot area of one city and further expanded into three provinces during the second phase, and in this period covered at least 500 local government units in the Philippines. PTF supported all three phases of the project.
To see the Ushahidi-based Crowdsource Website, please visit: http://www.skwatch.crowdmap.com