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Sistemang Korap? An investigative study of corrupt practices in the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation


This study explored the proliferation of corrupt practices in the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation (SKNF), the highest unit in the system of youth participation in Philippine governance.

The researchers found that corrupt practices exist in the SKNF due to the lack of external auditing. Since its inception in 1992, the SKNF remains free from auditing despite the millions of public funds that the office holds. As public officials, they are expected to comply with standard procedures on transparency and accountability, but since the SKNF is not audited at all, they are able to bypass such mandate.

The researchers also found that no government agency owns up to the responsibility of monitoring and overseeing the proceedings of the SKNF. Agency heads, however, pointed out that SKNF officials are too young and are ill-equipped to carry out the duties given to them, being only between 15 to 17 years of age upon assumption of office.

The researchers also delved into the points of debate as to whether or not the SK should be reformed or abolished. All government offices consulted are pushing for reforms, particularly in the age requirement of SK officials and in strengthening the autonomy of the youth leaders, as they assume that it is through the manipulation of adults surrounding the SKs which push them to commit corrupt acts.


Delos Reyes, R.C.M. and Lopez, M.L. T. (2014). Sistemang Korap? An investigative study of corrupt practices in the Sangguniang Kabataan National Federation. Unpublished undergraduate thesis, University of the Philippines Diliman.

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