Student leaders are Laoag City’s junior officials

February 19, 2014 11:23 am 

LAOAG CITY, Feb. 18 — Christine Cabel, a senior student from the Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS) never thought of putting her dream of working with the city’s chief executive would come to reality so soon.

“This is a dream come true for me. I felt so blessed to be mentored by our very own city mayor. I look forward to getting lots of wisdom from her as a leader,” Cabel said.

Fifty young promising leaders held executive position for a day as the Laoag City hall’s department heads turned-over their seats on February 17.

The students who were branded as “Junior City Officials” came from the different student body organizations and homeroom clubs chosen by the faculty advisers of INNHS.

Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Farinas welcomed the junior officials warmly hoping that a day of public office may contribute to their leadership development as well as to their personal growth.

“I just hope that this ‘one day’ in their lives may bring them learning and that we may give them the best example of leadership because what the youth can see from us is the standard truth for them” Farinas said.

The program is a joint undertaking of INNHS and the city government of Laoag for years now which aims to train young Ilocano leaders in public service practices.

February 7 was institutionalized as INNHS day during the city’s annual Pamulinawen Festival by virtue of a Resolution No. 2008-069.

Lorna Balisbisanan, INNHS’ Supreme Student Government Organization (SSGO) adviser said, the practicum serves as realization to the student of becoming a leader.

“The program enriches and exposes young leaders to the machinery and operation of the government,” Balisbisanan said.

The junior city officials attended the flag ceremony at exactly 8:00 o’clock on Monday morning.

Cabel presided the weekly mayor’s staff meeting together with the other junior department heads with their weekly reports to the mayor.

After which, all were gone to their respective offices to perform their individual functions as public servants. (PNA)

FPV/CHERRY JOY DISCAYA-GARMA/UTB

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