February 07, 2024

More than 37,000 appointed Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) treasurers nationwide have so far finished the two-day online Basic Bookkeeping Course provided by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).

As of writing, a total of 40,860 appointed SK treasurers had enrolled in the course nationwide, of which 37,608 have already completed. TESDA initially anticipated some 41,701 to enroll in the Basic Bookkeeping Course.

In a statement, TESDA Secretary Suharto Mangudadatu welcomed the good turnout of the Basic Bookkeeping Course for SK treasurers but noted that there are still participants who have not been able to enroll in the program due to various reasons, including the absence of reliable internet connection in their areas.

“For those SK treasurers who were not able to enroll during their respective schedules, they can enroll and train until February 3. After this period, enrollment shall no longer be allowed, however, those enrolled can still finish the program until February 10,” Secretary Mangudadatu emphasized.

The TESDA Chief also shared that some barangays have still to appoint their respective SK treasurers.

Upon completion of their Basic Bookkeeping Course, the SK treasurers can take their oaths and assume their posts. Afterwards, they are required to complete the full Bookkeeping NC III training program within one year and pass the mandatory competency assessment.

It can be recalled that according to Section 10 of Republic Act (RA) No. 10742, as amended by RA 11768, appointed SK treasurers “shall undergo a mandatory bookkeeping training from, and be duly certified by the TESDA before assumption to office.”

Relative to this, last January 19, Secretary Mangudadatu issued guidelines on mandatory bookkeeping training for newly appointed SK treasurers.

Included in the course outline for the online Basic Bookkeeping Course for SK treasurers are Journalizing Transactions and Basic Financial Statements, and Advanced Journal Entries and Financial Statement Analysis.

“These topics ensure a focused and comprehensive exploration of journalizing transactions and financial reporting concepts which are vital in the performance of their duties and responsibilities as SK treasurers,” the TESDA Chief said.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to ask the SK officials for their help in promoting TESDA tech-voc programs among our youth. Aside from the TESDA Online Program and the Basic Bookkeeping Course, TESDA has other training programs that the youth can avail of through our scholarships to learn new skills and start a career or small business even at their young age,” added Secretary Mangudadatu.

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