BACOLOD City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran exhorted the student leaders who will serve as “officials” of Bacolod City from November 20 to 24 as part of the annual Boys and Girls Week of the Rotary Club of Bacolod.
“You are the future leaders of our city. You are going to run the affairs the city for a week. You will be assigned to different offices and you will experience government works for the week. You will also experience the collaboration between the executive and legislative departments. I encourage you to take it seriously,” the vice mayor told them.
Familiaran sworn on Monday the Boys and Girls officials led by “Boy Mayor” Jude Lourence Segovia of La Consolacion College-Bacolod, who will be the counterpart of Mayor Evelio Leonardia, and “Girl Vice Mayor” Angela Terese Yu of St. John’s Institute.
The student counterparts of the City Council members are Nao Mae Diaz, Alan Paul Nuega, Jico Adriane Vinco, Isabelle Bettina Lorilla, Franz Robert Alolod, CJ Lois Nicole Wong, Hans Benedict Gaw Te, Kent Benedict Villaflor, Albert Brian Soriano, Glysdi Mae Brillantes, Ken Paolo Gilo, Joebern Pongyan and Gino Lim Lopez.
All department and office heads and executive assistants have counterpart student officials, too.
This year’s set of high school student leaders were inducted by Familiaran during the flag-raising ceremony at the Bacolod City Government Center witnessed by City Administrator John Orola, City Hall executive assistants, department and office heads, and employees.
In response, Segovia said: “Through youth empowerment, we are building the youth for the future that will help us create a positive change and impact in the community.”
The Rotary Club of Bacolod has been celebrating the Boys and Girls Week for 50 years now. It is an annual activity of the Rotary Club where public and private secondary schools send their own “cream of the crop” to the club for selection as student officials.
This year, about 130 students from different public and private secondary schools in Bacolod were either elected or appointed as boy and girl officials. (with reports from PR)