CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Concerned youths in Pampanga recently held a series of fun-runs in the province to enjoin the citizenry to observe clean, honest and orderly May 10 elections.


Dubbed as “Pulayi Para King Panyulung,” the run is spearheaded by the Provincial Youth Welfare Organization (PYWO) in close coordination with the Public Employment Services Office (Peso) and various local government units in Pampanga.

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Jonathan Lintag, Peso community affairs officer and provincial focal person for youths, said the run was launched on January 24 in the municipality of Magalang with Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio, Mayor Romeo Pecson, other provincial and municipal officials, including local political aspirants in attendance.


An estimated 300 youths in Magalang town joined the one-kilometer fun-run that started at 5 a.m. in the municipal plaza and culminated with the signing on the unity wall of the participants’ covenant for the May polls.


“The organizers have invited both incumbent and aspiring local officials to enlist their commitment and support to the said advocacy campaign” Lintag said, adding that the event will be strictly non-partisan, thus no speeches from either incumbents or political aspirants will be included in the program.

PYWO President Erwin Sarmiento is at the helm of the advocacy activities for concerned youths in the province that started last year.


Aside from Magalang town, the fun-runs were held in the municipalities of Mabalacat, Masantol and Minalin.


The other towns of Sasmuan, Arayat, Mexico, Candaba, Lubao, San Luis, Sta.Ana, Sta. Rita, Floridablanca, Guagua, San Simon, Apalit, Macabebe, Bacolor, Porac, Sto. Tomas and Angeles City will follow suit.


Lintag said the 22-day activity will culminate on February 14 in the City of San Fernando.


The PYWO was organized last August to effectively and efficiently address the youth sector’s pressing issues and concerns. The said sector comprises 60 to 70 percent of the total population, both in the provincial and national level, he said.


Lintag added that with the institutionalization of the youth organization, the Provincial Government “hopes to see more development-oriented contributions and projects from the youths, and more visible and empowered leaders and members as well.”


In 2009, the Pampanga Provincial Government through the Peso, sponsored youth symposium, fora and other development-related activities designed to address the needs and concerns of young people who are in-school, out-of-school, employed and those with special needs, Lintag concluded. (Erlinda T. Yutuc/Pampanga PIO)