Young people lead Dagupan City hall
Dagupan City (22 June) -- Starting today, young leaders take over city hall here.
The "Manlingcor ya Kalangweran" program in line with the 62nd Agew na Dagupan celebration, aims to increase awareness on good governance and active citizenship among the youth.
Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr. said a healthy democracy needs committed and energetic young people to represent their peers and to get them involved. "As outstanding young people, they are an influential and credible source of youth perspectives on various issues in local governance," he said.
Fernandez said the Manlingcor ya Kalangweran project aims to build a critical mass of young leaders in Dagupan who will be trained as leaders in democratic governance processes.
He said the city recognizes that young leaders are an important constituency that requires further attention and investments to enable them to serve as more effective leaders for the future.
Councilor Farah Marie Decano, Agew na Dagupan event chairman, said the youth governance internship program helps build leadership values and capacities of the young leaders as it enhances their knowledge and skills in their various areas of expertise and influence.
"This serves as a leadership and citizenship program for young people in public and private schools. They will be exposed and trained on the concepts of citizenship, social development, research, and project planning – inputs necessary in coming up with proposals addressing different identified concerns," she added.
Mayor Fernandez said he believes young people will shine in this role and their positive attitude will help highlight the enormous contribution that young people play in making Dagupan City a vibrant place.
Kim Alexis Vidal of the University of Pangasinan High School Department and Eleazar Estrada of Dagupan City National Highschool will serve as little mayor and little vice mayor, respectively, along with ten councilors, two sectoral representatives, and 36 other appointed city department heads, who will serve on June 22–26.
To prepare the youth officials for the weeklong program, the City Schools Division and Councilor Decano initiated a training seminar covering wide range of topics, including values and work ethics, dynamics of leadership, introduction to local government operations, parliamentary procedure, development management and strategic planning last June 17 & 18 at the City Museum. (CIO/PIA-Pangasinan) [top]