"Little" legislators featured in Ilocos Norte's youth week celeb

Aug 20, 2019 ...

Affirming the significant contributions of the youth in solving social problems concerning young people in the province, the Ilocos Norte Youth Development Office (INYDO) conducted its first mock session participated by  "little" counterparts of provincial officials at the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Session Hall last August 16.

As one of the highlights of the recently concluded Linggo ng Kabataang Sirib (LiNKS) celebration, the mock session aimed to engage the youth in policy-making such as drafting ordinances and writing resolutions that are timely and relevant to their current concerns.

"They were trained with the basics of parliamentary procedures and to make resolutions and ordinances. 'Yong mga agenda nila samock session were the products of these trainings and sessions. Sila mismo ang gumawa ng dalawang resolution at isang ordinance," Mr. Jake Sib-at, INYDO's Executive Director, explained.

The "Request to Launch or Conduct an Annual Youth Fair" in the province that will coincide with the LiNKS celebration, and the "Firmer Implementation of the Law Prohibiting Minors Driving Motorized Vehicles within the Jurisdiction of Ilocos Norte" were the drafted resolutions; while the establishment of WAIS (Welfare of the youth in Attaining development through Implementing entrepreneurial and financial Awareness for a Stable and responsible financing) Youth Office was the proposed ordinance.

However, Sib-at clarified, "Before natin i-endorse sa SP thru the Pambansang Pederasyon ng mga Sangguniang Kabataan (PPSK), we will still be consulting with our little officials together with other stakeholders to improve the contents of their resolutions and ordinances. Once the outputs are polished, we will lobby it to the SP."

He also commended the little officials for creating quality output in a short period of time considering their basic knowledge of local legislation.

According to Ethel Lei Candelasa, she gained further knowledge in engaging herself to the activities of INYDO, saying, "Sa limang araw na naging little vice governor ako, marami akong natutunan. Noong Biyernes, I experienced how to preside over a session."

Meanwhile, Aeron Josh Batangan, the little governor, expressed his gratefulness on his Facebook post: "We are lucky because we are among the selected few who, at a young age, were exposed to how things in the world of politics and governance [work]. Through this, we hope that we could be better leaders in our respective institutions who will always bear in mind the people we are serving – our fellow youth."

Because of the overwhelming support and participation from the youth sector, Sib-at challenged INYDO officers to "continue their enthusiasm and passion in serving the Ilocano youth.

"With the success of this year's LiNKS, we will definitely come up with something new for next year," he guaranteed.

Other activities for this month are the first Ilocos Norte Youth Convention and State of the Youth Address, Sirib Youth Blood Bank donation drive, and a tree planting activity on August 24, 30, and 31, respectively.

by Blessing Angel Agliam



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