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Young legislators of Region 8 pick Leyte BM Loreto as chair

Tacloban City (February 14) -- For the second straight term, the young and dynamic Leyte Senior Board Member Carlo P. Loreto was chosen as the Regional Chairman of the National Movement of Young Legislators Eastern Visayas Chapter, during the election of officers held on February 5 at the Leyte Provincial Capitol.

In his acceptance speech, Board Member Loreto vowed to continue doing his best in advancing the goals of the organization, even as he assured, that the new set of officers of NMYL-Region 8 Chapter will perform their role to the best they could in order to achieve genuine development for the whole Region.

Thanking the members for their trust and confidence in his leadership, the young legislator stressed that the task waiting ahead is difficult but he assured them that with their support and cooperation, he will continue to perform his best to advance the goals of the organization and at the same time work for regional development.

Board Member Loreto, who is a lawyer by profession, is currently serving his second three-year term as the number one board member of Leyte. He was first elected board member in 2004.

An avid advocate of humanitarian and environmental concerns, Board Member Loreto is acknowledged as the most productive sitting provincial legislator, having authored and co-authored several landmark ordinances, among which are the Environmental Code for the Province of Leyte, Gender and Development Code, Anti-Illegal Logging and Timber Poaching Ordinance, Ordinance Creating a Comprehensive Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Program, ABACA Disease Management and Industry Development Ordinance, and the amendatory Sand and Gravel Ordinance.

Aside from Board Member Loreto, the other newly elected NMYL Eastern Visayas Chapter officers are Lionel Traya, regional executive vice chairman; Roselyn Espina-Paras, regional vice chairman for exchange programs and international affairs; Franc Daniel Lucero, regional vice chairman for membership and capacity building; Aran Boler, regional vice chairman for developmental legislation and Epifanio Punay, regional vice chairman for strategic advocacy initiatives.

Also elected as regional chapter officers were Noel Daganas, regional vice chairman for legal affairs; Victor del Rosario, secretary-general; Alice Villasin, deputy secretary-general; Feluchie Dang-aoen, regional treasurer; Judy Sosing, regional assistant treasurer; Winnie Menzon and Sarah Dampog, regional auditors; and Reyan Arinto and Xandrix Pantin, regional public relations officers.

The NMYL is a national organization of young government officials accredited by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Committee on ASEAN Youth Cooperation (CAYC). Its members include vice-governors, vice-mayors, provincial board members, and city and municipal councilors, aged not more than 35 years old at the timer of their election.

Now on its 18th year of existence, the NMYL has remained steadfast as the nationwide movement for the young, the idealists and the catalysts for reforms and new politics, particularly in local governance. (PIA 8) [top]

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