Legazpi youth assist in livelihood projects for residents
By Emmanuel Solis
MEMBERS of the Legazpi City Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) have joined the city government’s efforts in helping residents whose livelihood was affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic through livelihood projects.
Mae Ling Teh, SK federation chairman of the Legazpi City chapter, in an interview recently, said her office distributed vegetable seedlings such as okra, kangkong and other planting materials to barangay SK chairmen who want to engage in communal and backyard gardening in their jurisdictions.
“We are doing this seedling distribution so that they could grow vegetables and other edible plants that could augment their food consumption,” Teh, who is also an ex-officio city councilor, said.
She said the SK Legazpi City chapter has also distributed relief items that included canned goods, personal hygiene items, rice, and noodles to those municipalities heavily affected by typhoons last year.
Before joining the city government’s livelihood activities, Teh said she authored City Ordinance No. 15-0001-2021 that declared the second week of August as “Linggo ng Kabataan” (Youth Week).
“The ordinance is part of the support to the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10742 otherwise known as the SK Reform Act of 2015, which provides that every local government shall conduct an annual activity to be known as ‘Linggo ng Kabataan’ on the week where the 12th day of August fall to coincide with International Youth Day,” Teh said.
“The city government is recognizing the vital role of the youth in nation building and encourages their involvement in community affairs that can enhance their physical, moral, spiritual intellectual and social wellbeing,” the ordinance read in part.
The local measure aims “to inculcate among youth the love of country, discipline, civic mindedness, unity, courage, respect for the rights of others, sportsmanship, and quest for excellence”. (PNA)