City Youth Officials enact Artists Week ordinance
By Jason B. Neola
The 2021 City Youth Officials (CYO) sitting as councilors at the Sangguniang Panlungsod has enacted an ordinance mandating the conferment of recognition to local youth artists during the annual celebration of City Youth Month from Apr. 15 to May 31 of the year.
Known as Naga City Local Youth Artists Week Ordinance, the measure established the Local City Youth Artists Week (LCYAW) that shall be held on the third week of the City Youth Month celebration.
The ordinance also declared a certain day during the youth month as the Local Youth Artists Day (LYAD) when youth who have shown outstanding talents in various art forms e.g. painting, visual sculptor, photography, and music shall be acknowledged.
ARTISTS WEEK Mayor Nelson Legacion as he approves “Artists Week” ordinance after last Monday’s flag-raising rite. Photo also shows City Youth Mayor Berlineth Nymia Montes and City Youth Mayor Christobal Cambe flanking the local chief executive. The youth officials also affixed their signatures on the ordinance as counterparts of Legacion and Vice Mayor Cecilia V. De Asis.
City Youth Councilor Kaye Pauline B. Servidad, author of the ordinance, said the measure aims to commend the local youth artists of the city. “Let this [piece of legislation] serves as a mean of expression, recognition, and celebration also of the community where they belong,” she said.
The city youth official said that recognizing the youth’s feat will also be of help to continue to provide the Nagueno youth (Naga residents aged 15-30 years old) the opportunity to show their talents and creativity in their respective field or art to inspire other aspiring youth artists in the city.
It is stated in City Ordinance 2012-035 (the Naga City Youth Code) that the development of the youth sector is one of the priorities of the city government in terms of the protection of their rights, promotion of their general welfare, as well as youth participation and development.
The current CYOs will be in charge of the overall celebration of the Local Youth Artists Week. They will be the ones to provide and facilitate programs and activities for its entire duration.
A specific theme focused on youth artists shall be adopted by the sitting CYOs likewise in the culmination of the event.