Dozens of young leaders, student officers and advocates gathered yesterday for this year’s Dumaguete Youth Congress to tackle the pressing issues and means how to move forward with greater participation in governance by voicing suggestions and courses of action that can be incorporated in the development plan of the city.
Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo reiterate the local government’s support to programs and activities that empower the youth and develop their full potentials in building a community that is safe, healthy, progressive and inclusive.
Taytay Councilor John Tobit E. Cruz, a prominent community leader, keynoted the congress and urged his fellow youth to get involved and take action on the issues that directly impact their welfare and future.
A panel of distinguished speakers also delivered their inspiring messages on relevant topics that include Basay Municipal Councilor Mikle Vito M. Abing on Growing Together: Filipino Youth and the Work of the Government; Ibayaw Youth Collective Media and Communication Head Aprille Roselle Vince R. Juanillo on Youth and Social Media; Kabataan Partylist VP for Visayas Jose Paolo M. Echavez on Youth in Agriculture; Shakey’s Pizza Consumer Insights Manager Patrich L. Lozano on Youth in Entrepreneurship; Gandang NegOrense 2022 and journalist Kaye C. Brier on Youth in Media Literacy and Democracy and Avon Cosmetics Inc. Business Development Manager Eduard Joseph V. Narciso on Youth in Community Engagement.
Councilor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Deputy Mayor for Women, Children and Family Life; Sangguniang Kabataan Renz Macion, Deputy Mayor for Youth Concerns; Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member and Negros Oriental SK Federation Adem B. Maxino and Local Youth Development Officer Tigie James Tanilon also spoke before the assembly to express their solidarity and highlight the contributions of the youth in nation building.
Organizers of this year’s youth congress under theme “Moving Forward: Our Challenge, Our Future” believe that the event will help raise awareness and gives voice to the young leaders so they can better participate in squarely addressing the pressing issues on mental health, disinformation in social media, climate change resilience, boosting food security and increased youth involvement in governance.