"Junior Provincial Officials" pass resolutions for sustainable youth dev't in Ilocos Norte

Feb 07, 2017 ...

"Junior" representatives of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, Vice Governor Angelo M. Barba, and Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) members passed a series of resolutions for sustainable youth development during the province's "Open Capitol" yesterday, an activity in line with their 199th foundation anniversary.

The "junior officials" were chosen respectively by the governor, vice governor, and board members themselves through personal interviews.

Twelve-year-old Marrie Ley Nicolas from Kidz Kollege, Inc., was the "little governor" for a day, with her counterpart "little vice governor" Jeremiah R. Edra, a student of Saviour's Christian Academy.

"With Ilocos Norte's bid to become more livable, sustainable, and resilient, it is but proper that we accelerate our efforts in empowering the youth sector to ensure that they too share the vision of the entire province," said the little vice governor during their "mock" session at the SP Hall.

John Lloyd A. Baltazar, representing Board Member Conrado A. Respicio II, urged forward a resolution "subsidizing nutritious snacks in all public pre-schools, elementary, and secondary schools" in the province, honoring a suggestion from the little Board Member Vicentito M. Lazo, Vince Kenneth A. Concepcion, that the said snacks would be supervised by health teachers to ensure hygienic preparation and proper dietary fulfillment.

Little board members were also in favor of granting special educational privilege to the children of public school teachers, a resolution with the little Board Member James Paul C. Nalupta, Joash Ismael N. Obra, as the main proponent.

Carl Lloyd P. Lopez, representing Board Member Ramon M. Gaoat, proposed a similar discount for those enrolled in private schools, to which little Nalupta agreed.

Discussing the wasted time and resources resulting from the typhoon season, Board Members Domingo C. Ambrosio Jr., Paulino R. Baltazar, and Mariano V. Marcos II, portrayed respectively by Xerxes Ryan P. Ramos, Freliedel A. Tinaza, and Dwight Fainel U. Garcia, urged the provision of innovative waterproof uniforms as well as umbrellas, raincoats, and boots in all public schools.

"This would allow our students to continue attending their classes without compromising their safety or vulnerability to sickness during such times," explained Ambrosio's "junior" counterpart.

Reflecting the strong advocacy of Senior Board Member Matthew Marcos Manotoc for further youth development, his representative, Raniel James C. Aganus, proposed that "we ban the selling of water in plastic bottles in all public schools in the province and instead encourage every student to bring his or her own tumbler or reusable bottle to be refilled through water dispensers stationed within the schools.

"This would greatly reduce the use of plastic and the accumulation of non-biodegradable wastes in Ilocos Norte, urging us many steps forward in becoming a green province."

Board Member Ria Christina G. Fariñas, represented by Lovely Chllevyh Joymarie R. Calunlag echoed, "In the same way we will aim for good nutrition in schools, let us also encourage good ecology."

"Participating in this session has opened my eyes to the great responsibility that sits on our leaders' shoulders as well as the massive potential that each Ilocano, especially the youth, holds in making an impact in his or her community," Nicolas said towards the end of the session.

Board Member Rogelio R. Balbag was represented by Rodge Harman B. Aguda, while Angelica Tabisola acted as Provincial Secretary Mildred Nirmla R. Lamoste. Twenty-three young Ilocanos were also chosen to represent town and city mayors.

While a mock session, the resolutions put forward during the Open Capitol will serve as a starting point for the actual provincial officials to come up with resolutions that are fully in line with the needs and concerns of today's Ilocano youth.

Little officials during the Open Capitol 2016 urged the creation of youth development offices in every city and municipality, which was realized with the passing of Provincial Ordinance No. 2016-07-004 sponsored by Manotoc last year.

Mirroring Governor Marcos' perpetual drive for improvement, Nicolas told her fellow officials, "The privileged positions we hold today may be temporal, but even after this celebration we will still be the Ilocano youth. We will still be members of the great Ilocano community that listens to our voices and empowers us to be the changes we want to see in this province."

by Mizpah Grace Castro



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