La Trinidad holds Youth Week; bids goodbye to SK rep

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Sangguniang Kabataan president and Councilor Brenden Kim Quintos stepped down from his position last week without fanfare, leaving a gap in the youth representation for the town.

Quintos along with other youth representatives of the SK all over the country stepped down, leaving youth representation empty for local government units until the issues surrounding the SK are resolved.

However, as Quintos stepped down, the Valley is celebrating the annual Linggo ng Kabataan aimed to revive the voice of the young in the light of the confusion of the halt in SK representation.

Quintios is spearheading the lineup of events for the youth week celebrations as part of his farewell to office.

Themed, “LInggo ng Kabataan: Kabataan, Pag asa ng Bayan”, the event features extemporaneous speech competition, essay writing tilts, a debate competition, hip hop dance and a daycare outreach.

Events started November 28 and culminated Tuesday, December 3. Quintos delivered his state of the youth address, marking the end of his term as youth representative.

The youth leader says activities like extemporaneous speech competition, essay writing tilts, and debate competitions push youth to air their sentiments on issues and current events.

Quintos said the proposed Youth Code is set to be passed and will leave a legacy for Valley Youth.

When the youth code is passed it will assure funding for projects as well as creation of the La Trinidad Council for Youth Development (MLTCYD).

The youth code provides comprehensive policies for the youth and contains the rights of the youth in the municipality both social and political assuring concerns of the Valley youth will be heard even if there is a vacancy in the SK post.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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