July 12, 2016
Honorable Mayor John G. Bongat, distinguished members of this August chamber, our distinguished partners in the academe, co-government employees, members of the media, venerable guests, ladies and gentlemen, mga kapwa ko Nagueño, marhay na aldaw!
Last week, I submit that the 12th Sangguniang Panlungsod will make the best better. This representation pledged that as we sustain programs for good governance, we will also improve them, strengthen them and, later on, institutionalize them.
Today, my honourable colleagues, we are glad to be faced with the opportunity to begin our journey towards said direction. This July 12, we have with us our good friends from the different higher educational institutions in the city to sign a Memorandum of Agreement that will ensure the continuous implementation of the Sangguniang Panlungsod Student Participation Program.
SP-SPP, in gist, provides tertiary students an avenue to be educated of the city’s legislative procedure and, along with it, the chance to be involved in our policy-making processes as active, empowered stakeholders of Naga. The program was first launched in November 2013. In three years time, it was able to involve approximately 2,500 Nagueño youth, who for their dynamic cooperation and fresh ideas were able to inspire and prompt the previous Sanggunian to craft certain resolutions and ordinances.
Aside from its transparency and people-empowerment aspect, this representation can also say that the program has paved the way for a stronger partnership between the academe and the city government. In the course of its implementation, we regularly conduct consultation meetings with the representatives of the different colleges to solicit their comments and suggestions. Thru these dialogues, SP-SPP has found its way to evolve from a mere study tour to a more comprehensive program on youth development. The program now includes annual leadership training and project proposal competition.
Records will show that SP-SPP has brought considerable gains in the front of good governance. However, they are not yet sufficient. We can still further the gains. There are still rooms for improvement. There are still a lot of opportunities to make the best better.
This day’s MOA Signing signifies the renewed conviction of the academe and the city government to inculcate in the youth nationalism and involve them in public affairs. Thru SP-SPP, we shall produce well-educated, well-equipped and well-engaged young Nagueňos who will be the beacons of a world-class, self-reliant and caring city.