The SK Watch Fund Monitoring project was another collaboration – the third in 4 years -between the Environmental Cooperation and Linkages, Inc. (ECOLINK) and the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF). The Grant Agreement was signed in July 2009 with PTF providing a grant of US$29,228 and ECOLINK committing a counterpart of US$9,293 from its General Fund (US$2,457) and Other Sources (US$6,836). The project whose mobilization was moved from July 2009 to October 2009 ended in November 2010. The detailed Project Completion Report (PCR) was submitted in December 2010.
SK Watch was a citizen-based initiative to curb corruption in the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK), a government-sponsored Youth Council in every village of the country, providing young citizens a direct role in governance at a community level. By law, the SK has a mandatory share in the Barangay Funds, which mostly come from the government’s Internal Revenue Allotment for Local Government Units. Over the years, the use of the SK Funds has been punctuated by widespread corruption, as documented in the case study by ECOLINK in 47 SK councils in Oroquieta City. This is the context of the project goal to establish accountability and transparency mechanisms to curb corruption of SK funds in 4 pilot cities – Oroquieta, Dapitan, Iloilo, and Naga City. Naga City was eventually dropped and replaced by Pagadian, Ozamis and Dipolog.