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Governor JJ Romualdo swears in new barangay, SK officials en masse

by Homer R. Jajalla

Mahinog, Camiguin (30 November) -- Some 208 reelected and newly elected barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials in the Oct. 25, 2010 elections here formally take their oaths today paving the way for their assumption into office starting at noon today, November 30.

Camiguin Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo administered the oath of office for all thirteen barangays in fitting rites held at the municipal gym this morning.

Romualdo has challenged the new village and youth officials to perform their functions with "dignity" and do what is necessary to ensure that the residents will benefit fully the necessary services from the government.

"Put dignity in your job and do something in your barangay," he said amidst observation that some barangay and SK officials under the previous set up were not doing their job.

He also said that his office is always ready to support the barangays in whatever way it can.

"The provincial government will always be there to support you, one hundred percent," the governor said, pointing out, however, that barangay and youth officials have to start first with doing something in their barangay.

Gov. Romualdo also encouraged the SK chairmen sitting as ex officio member in the sanggunian to be active and effective in performing their duties and responsibilities by actively participating in the deliberations in the sanggunian.

"I encourage you to file measures in your sanggunian involving national interest," he said.

In that connection, he urged the SK to conduct forum covering wide range of topics relating to the interest of young people, including sensitive topic like whether sex education should be taught in schools.

Under the local government code, SK is empowered to promulgate resolutions necessary to carry out the objectives of the youth in the barangay.

It is also mandated to initiate programs designed to enhance the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual, moral, spiritual and physical development of the members. (Mahinog Information Office) [top]

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