By Jam Madrid
NAGA CITY ---- To enable the youth to take part in serving their fellow Nagueῆos, 48 City Youth Officials (CYO) took their oath administered by Mayor John G. Bongat and witnessed by their parents, city officials and employees last Monday, April 16.
This year’s City Youth Officials are: Alyssa Ella Borja as City Youth Mayor, Josef Ryan Tosoc as CY Vice-Mayor. The City Youth Councilors are, as follows: Juan Carlos Madrid, Kyle Ray Patrick Garcia, Ralph Ivan Morata, Jovelyn Competente, Johan Sebastian, Cedric Isaac, Alyssa Marie Franz Rodriguez, Mary Joy Delos Santos, Alfonso Miguel Buenconsejo, Jan Kristofer Borja, Therese Pototan, and Ena Jane Bangante.
Youth Officials are tasked to perform according to their counterparts from the City Mayor, City Vice-Mayor, City Councilors, and Department Heads of every office which allows them to participate in the day-to-day operation of the city.
The successful 2018 CYOs were selected from the 259 aspirants who took the written and oral examinations last March 25. They underwent a two-day Leadership Development Program and Team Building on April 11-12 at the Penafrancia Resort.
In his message during the oath-taking ceremonies, Bongat highlighted the importance of youth participation in nation building and its impact in every community.
“As far as I can see, the contribution of the city youth officials will not only be for the benefit of their personal growth, but also the growth of the city as well,” Bongat noted.
In her acceptance speech, the new City Youth Mayor Alyssa Borja, a senior student of the Naga City Science High School, expressed optimism and enjoins her co-officials in the CYO 2018 to do their best for their counterparts and to the youth.
“We will do our best. This batch is strong. We have different personalities, different strengths and weaknesses, but we will grow together. What I can promise is that, we will commit to our positions and then we will strive every day to learn; we will strive that every day that we enter the City Hall, we will contribute to change and certainly make a difference,” Borja declared.
The City Youth Official Program is anchored on City Ordinance No, 2009-017 that declares April 15 to May 31 each year as City Youth Month. During this period, youth officials are given the opportunity to take in the reins in the operations of the city government.