“Junior Officials” representing provincial leaders have pledged their commitment to partner with the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte in creating programs and policies for the interest of the Ilokano community.
As part of the celebration of International Youth Day, with the theme “Youth Engagement for Global Action,” Junior Officials took their oath in front of their counterparts at the Provincial Capitol Auditorium, Laoag City, last September 7.
Present at the event are members of the Provincial Board headed by Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Cecilia Araneta-Marcos, who recognized the potential of the province’s youth sector by saying:
“I am very happy that there are such programs like this because it encourages you to dream to become public servants, not politicians, that will offer services to the public. I am really happy that there is a very vibrant youth sector in the province. ”
She further acknowledged their efforts in boosting the Provincial Government’s COVID-19 response.
“One of the first volunteers in the Provincial Government is from the youth sector to help out ‘yong mga na-lockdown na mga senior citizens at mga nag-quarantine. I thank you for all the efforts you have given to our province in times of this pandemic. Thank you for being part of our community,” she added.
Meanwhile, Mr. Aldrin Sojourner Gamayon, representing Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc, highlighted the importance of youth leadership in his speech.
“The youth [Junior Officials] is given the sole opportunity to establish an equitable future neither for ourselves nor for our fellows alone, but for those who will be born after our generation; aspiring for a sustainably achievable future–that is the vision.
We aspire to be emblems of hope to take part in the contribution to ignite a sense of passion to lead those within our reach,” he remarked.
The Junior Officials will observe the executive and legislative processes of the PGIN for a week. They are expected to create an ordinance, which the Sangguniang Panlalawigan may adapt, during their Special Session.-Edison Justin B. Deus, PGIN-CMO